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Thousands of dead fish found in Northumberland lake

An investigation has been launched after thousands of dead fish were found in a Northumberland lake.

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Humford Dam on the River Blyth in Bedlington. Picture by Tony Rugman-Jones.

Dam removal no longer an option

Campaigners have spoken of their delight after it was announced that an option to remove a key structure at Humford Country Park in Bedlington is now off the table.

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Agency’s boost for fish stocks in region

Thousands of young fish have been released into North East rivers, including the River Blyth, to help boost stocks.

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Polar Krush sales director Michael Reid with Hudson the Bear.

Polar Krush helps the environment

Iced drinks manufacturer, Polar Krush, has announced plans to help freeze the increasing levels of plastic around the world.

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Blogger James Common.

Fingers crossed for blogger James

People power has put Bedlington-based blogger James Common through to the finals of a national competition.

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Coastline manager Debbie Walker, front of house Jamie Lee and fryer Cheryl Dodd with some of the biodegradable packaging.

Restaurant does its bit for the coastline

A beach-front fish and chip restaurant in Blyth is waging war on the scourge of plastics.

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Plastic on the beach.

WI joins fight to End Plastic Soup

Women’s Institute members in Seaton Valley have joined a national fight to tackle the growing problem of marine pollution.

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A new bird screen in Ridley Park, Blyth.

Ridley Park bird hide to be unveiled

Friends of Ridley Park are inviting local residents to two free events taking place in the park during the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch on Saturday, January 27.

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Environment Agency community engagement officer Taryn Al-Mashgari.

Log on for new films on Flood Fridays

The Environment Agency last week launched a new series of short films to help North-East communities be better prepared for flooding.

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Rupert Wailes-Fairbairn, director of Lycetts rural division in Newcastle.

Figures reveal the public cost of fly-tipping in Northumberland

An agricultural expert is warning of the ‘hidden cost’ of fly-tipping, after it was revealed that Northumberland County Council spent more than £100,000 cleaning it up over a 12-month period.

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From left, Phil Rothwell, chairman of the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Martin Lawlor, Port of Blyth chief executive, and Tristan Drought of the Environment Agency.

Start of upgrade to flood defences

Work has started on a major flood defence scheme that will protect homes and businesses in Blyth from tidal flooding.

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Fresh catch return records call

The Environment Agency is calling upon all migratory salmon and sea trout rod licence holders to submit their catch return records, which is a legal requirement, by January 1.

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Joint waste sites operation in region

The Environment Agency has joined forces with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the North East to carry out combined visits to check that waste sites are not flouting important legislation.

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Spittal beach and prom

Excellent bathing water at vast majority of Northumberland’s beaches

Eleven of the 13 bathing waters in Northumberland are either excellent or good, with every one of the county’s coastal sites passing the water quality standards, Defra announced today.

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Check oil tanks ahead of winter

The Environment Agency is urging people to check their oil tanks for leaks to protect the environment and reduce the risk of potentially large financial losses.

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Waste dumped illegally in an empty commercial property.

Waste criminals dump £750,000 clean-up bill on North-East landowners

Criminals who illegally dump thousands of tonnes of baled waste have cost land and property owners in the North East an estimated £750,000 in the last year, according to the Environment Agency.

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Dr Jacqui Pocklington and citizen scientist Dave Bell pictured at Brown's Bay, Cullercoats, analysing marine life. Picture by Mike Urwin

Day of reckoning for alien invaders

Volunteers are being asked to help track an alien invasion taking place around the coastline.

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The Environment Agency is trialling the use of body cameras.

Agency trialling body camera use

Environment Agency enforcement officers in the North East are wearing body worn cameras as part of a six-month trial.

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Acomb, from Nest 3

Say farewell to Amble, Alwinton and Ancroft

Time is running out to catch a final glimpse of the osprey chicks born at Kielder this year.

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Groundwork North East project officer Laura Waugh, second from left, with volunteers in Ashington Community Woods. Picture by Jane Coltman

Opportunity for age group in Ashington to develop some green skills

Young adults from areas of Ashington who want to work in the countryside sector have the opportunity to gain a training qualification and get some practical experience at the same time.

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