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SPECTACULAR views of Newbiggin, Cambois and Blyth are captured in a new book celebrating the beauty of the south east Northumberland coastline.

Shots of Seaton Sluice and Druridge Bay are also included.

A Year in the Life of our North East Coast is the is the outcome of a year-long project, Sea Change NE, led by Newcastle University’s Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats.

Edited by Susan Gebbels and Annie Cunningham, its aim is to encourage people to record how the coast is being used and enjoyed throughout the year.

From drawings and photographs to poems and prose, the laboratory team sifted through more than 4,000 entries to complete the 336-page hardback book, launched at the university last week.

Project leader Susan, a research associate at the university’s school of marine science and technology, said: “We have been genuinely overwhelmed with the response, not only by the quantity of submissions but also by the quality and diversity of the contributions.

“The original aim was to encourage young people to engage with their local environment.

“Our seas and coastline are not only beautiful, they are also important to the ecology of our planet and to our economy.

“This book is not just about the pictures – it’s about getting us all to think about the sea and what we are doing to it, how it is changing and how we might work to protect it.”

Images in the book include dramatic sea shots, family snaps and scenes of our industrial heritage, as well as drawings and poems submitted by schools.

Annie, the university’s marine education officer, said: “We asked each school to produce work that represented how it is connected with their local coast.

“Each school was allocated a month, and their work has been included at the start of each chapter.”

Funded by Newcastle University and Durham Heritage Coast, all the profits from the sales of the book, produced by Whitley Bay’s Consilience Media, will go to the National History Society of Northumbria to help fund their work engaging families and young people with the natural world.

A Year in the Life of our North East Coast costs £14.99 and is available from the university’s online bookstore, webstore.ncl.ac.uk