Community Connections on the Coast
Spring and Summer Coastal UpdateWalks during the summer months revealed 2006 to be a successful year for orchids. You can find eight species of these beautiful wildflowers growing on coastal grasslands including Pyramidal, Common spotted, Fragrant and Bee orchids. Durham’s coast acts as a great stronghold for the conservation of these important wildflowers.
Visitors to Crimdon Dene were inspired to get creative on their coast by two local photographers who ran a successful art and photography event. You can view the photographs of Jim Perrie and Dr Tony Shuttleworth at the Seaton Holme discovery centre in Easington Village.
2006 was a good year for the nesting little terns at Crimdon Dene. In July there were 23 nesting pairs with over 30 hatched chicks. Trevor Stephenson, one of the little tern wardens, said “this success is due to a combination of good weather, an abundance of sand eels and the presence and protection of the local wardens.”
As long as you wrap up warm the coast is still well worth a visit during autumn and winter. We have planned some great walks and activities which are sure to coax you away from your fire and armchair to enjoy the wildness of the coast and fresh sea air.
We are always interested in talking to anyone who wants to get more involved with their coast. This could be anything from taking part in wildlife surveys, practical conservation work, photography or art. If you would like to chat about involvement opportunities please contact Rebecca Stanley on 0191 383 5527.