When I was on holiday visiting my grandparents who lived on the Jurassic rocks of the North Somerset coast, I discovered the fascination of fossils. This sparked a fascination with geology which took me to many amazing places including to the Isle of Mull where I researched an extinct volcano. After escaping from a career in the Telecommunications industry in 2006 and moving to Northumberland I started up Northumbrian Earth to share my enthusiasm for rocks, fossils and the landscape with visitors and the local community.
Since then I have been working with the Northumberland Coast AONB amongst many other partners to tell the fascinating stories about the rocks and landscape of the area and have become more and more interested in the way that geology connects to so many different subjects. From volcanoes to the first amphibians, mining and industrial archaeology to little terns, and poetry to continental drift there is so much to explore within this beautiful landscape.
Such a slimey warty skin, but look into their eyes and you will see the inky darkness of a happy soul surrounded by a patterned ring of coppery brightness. We have an ambivalent relationship with the amphibian world from kissing them into handsome princes to tadpole hunting, then watching as they metamorphose from aqueous wrigglers into leggy land-dwellers that hop off into the next generation.
Just after the road takes a ninety degree bend by Seahouse to run south along to the coast a cattle grid rattle announces the view as the road dips down towards Cocklawburn Beach. At this point the road stands above a low cliff sloping down to the beach and next to the path of an older road which ends in sudden storm-bitten cliff edge. The long sandy Cocklawburn Beach is skirted by low tidal reefs of rock in angled sea-pointing rows just below at Saltpan Rocks and gently curving shelves to the south at Near Skerrs.