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All the latest environment news from across the North East. Read the latest environment stories, features and campaigns from Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

Little tern at nest. The eggs and birds are vulnerable on the beach

Project launched to help North East's rare seabird

A drive to save the North East's nesting little terns has been launched as the birds are vulnerable to disturbance by beach users and predators

The coast at Easington during the era when colliery waste was disposed of there

North East is leading the way in English coastal path project

The North East is making excellent progress in the creation of its share of a 4,500km coastal path around England

Award-winning filmmaker Doug Allan with a Leopard Seal

Wildlife cameraman Doug Allan is focus of two North East events

Award-winning filmmaker is to give talks at Middlesbrough and Berwick about his work on BBC hits such as Human Planet and Frozen Planet

Above Ninebanks in the North Pennines

£2.7m boost for North Pennines

Two Northumberland valleys are in line for a £2.7m investment which will seek to make the most of their natural and historical qualities

A water vole

Conservation officer in bid to rescue North East's water voles

Two North East organisations have joined forces in a bid to bring back water voles to Kielder after a dramatic decline in its population

A male blackbird in a garden

Blackbirds knocked off top of the tree in Tyneside school pupils' survey

Starlings and crows are more popular garden visitors according to a RSBP survey which North East school pupils were involved in

Peter Stephenson, founder and Executive Chairman of Able UK updated

Teesside firm Able welcomes Siemens' £160m wind farm plans

Billingham-based Able has welcomed the news that Siemens is to go ahead with multi-million pound plans for facilities at Hull

Aerial view of Tynemouth and South Shields Pier

Seascape study looks at sea rise threat to the North East coast

A study organised by Newcastle conservation architect Cyril Winskell aims to look at what the future could hold for the coast and the Tyne estuary

The North and South piers which provide protection for the Tyne

Study looks at sea rise threat to North East coast

The coast is a key part of the Tyneside conurbation. It's a favoured place to live, and is ecologically and environmentally important

Coquetdale, in Northumberland National Park

Cuts-hit Northumberland National Park turns to charity to fill funds gap

Northumberland National Park plans to set up a charity foundation to help cope with Government funding cutbacks

More foamy water further up Jesmond Dene

River Ouseburn runs clear as mystery pollutant is removed

A substance which turned the River Ouseburn green and frothy has been examined by the Environment Agency

The Ouseburn at Jesmond Dene which has turned a strange colour

Investigation launched after the River Ouseburn turns a strange colour

The Environment Agency is investigating pollution in the River Ouseburn which turned a strange colour overnight

Ouseburn breaks its banks on Whitebridge Park

Proposed £5m flood guard scheme would see the Ouseburn diverted

A £5m project will protect Newcastle homes from floods by diverting excess water from the Ouseburn

Cain Scrimgeour's pictures show the kittiwakes perched dizzylingly high over Tyneside's streets

Award-winning filmmaker to premiere new Tyneside kittiwakes film tonight

A new film to help safeguard the River Tyne's kittiwakes colony is to be premiered tonight at the Newcastle's Star and Shadow cinema

An engineer checks machinery at the city centre borehole site

Newcastle borehole tests to determine potential for heating network

Further investigations into Newcastle's geothermal borehole will determine the prospects for a new city-wide, low carbon heating network. Peter McCusker reports

Senior Lecturer Karen Johnson and Senior Researcher Steve Robertson

Brownfield sites are bad for health, say North experts

A Durham University study looks at the health impact of brownfield sites. Tony Henderson talks to researchers whose work could have far reaching impacts

Friends of Chase Park, Whickham meet to discuss restoration. L-R Kathryn Malone, Ken Murray and Peter Craig

Chase is on to restore Whickham's historic parkland

Heritage Lottery Fund bid could pave the way for restoration of historic Whickham park

Prime Minister David Cameron (right) and Sir Ian Wood

'Watershed opportunity' to maximise recovery of reserves and add £200bn to economy

With North Sea oil and gas production in steady decline renewed efforts are underway to maximise recovery of the remaining reserves. Peter McCusker reports

Poppy Mackenzie of Morpeth with flowers during the Northumbria in Bloom competition

Northumbria in Bloom contest reaches 50th milestone

Northumbria in Bloom launches its 50th anniversary competition to find the finest floral displays in the region

Steve Lowe

Cash boost will help to save endangered North East grasslands

Help in safeguarding rare grassland sites in the North East has come from a £300,000 regional share of a national project


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