Free online walks to download now
Staff from the North Pennines AONB Partnership joined BBC Springwatch presenters Chris Packham and Simon King at the British Birdwatching Fair in Rutland recently to launch a new series of free walking guides which showcases the very best the area has to offer birdwatching enthusiasts.
Birdwalks is a new series of attractive downloadable PDFs giving details of 10 spectacular walks in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, highlighting the kinds of birdlife that can be seen in the area and the best times of year to see them. Walkers can choose the walks they want to do, download and print off the full details from the website, and take the guides along with them on their walk.
Shane Harris, the AONB Partnership’s Tourism and Communications Manager said: “The North Pennines is composed of an intricate mix of habitats supporting a wide diversity of birdlife, such as upland waders like redshank and golden plover and rare moorland species such as the black grouse. With the downloadable ‘Birdwalks’ routes we want to give walkers the opportunity to enjoy the rich diversity of landscapes in the AONB – and perhaps spot some of our amazing birdlife along the way.”
Ten North Pennines Birdwalks are available to download now at www.birdwalksnorthpennines.org.uk (or by clicking on the link below) with a further four walks to follow later in the year.
The AONB Partnership attended the fair as partners in Birdwatching Northumberland – a public/private partnership formed to promote the county as a prime tourist destination for birdwatchers.
Iain Robson of the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership said: “The protected landscapes in our region – Northumberland National Park, Northumberland Coast AONB and North Pennines AONB – are all represented in the consortium, alongside two private companies, Northumberland Tourism which is the destination management organisation for Northumberland, and Northern Experience Wildlife Tours which operates day trips and package holidays that showcase the wildlife of our region.”
Martin Kitching of Northern Experience Wildlife Tours gave a talk at the Birdfair entitled ‘Head for the Hills: Wildlife of the North East Uplands’. He said: “Our upland areas are wild, remote and stunning, and the talk I’m giving provides an opportunity for visitors to the Birdfair to learn more about the wildlife and landscape of the North Pennines AONB and the Northumberland National Park”
Released: 14 August 2012