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Hello from the Newest Member of the Team!
Hello! I’m Em Witcutt, Coast Care Project Assistant (Volunteer Engagement and Communication) and I started the role in August 2019.

I’m originally from Walsall in the West Midlands but have always loved the North-east for its rugged landscape, stunning coastline and lovely people. I love the outdoors, and grew up walking, climbing and watching wildlife with my family. I moved up to Newcastle for university and spent three months studying Arctic Terns (my favourite bird!) on the Farne Islands for my dissertation, before returning to the islands as a Ranger the following year. Since leaving Northumberland I’ve been lucky enough to work on seabird conservation projects in amazing places from the Irish and East Anglian coastlines to Gough Island in the South Atlantic. Here’s a link to a short video of my time on Gough if you're interested – the real life Jurassic Park!

 I've loved my travels, but I’ve always wanted to come back and make Northumberland my home so I’m excited to be up here and working with Coast Care in a role where I can help the local community to protect such a special coastline. It’ll be my job to spread the word about the project and the fantastic work our volunteers have been doing, as well as to recruit new volunteers to join the team. 

Thank you all for the warm welcome I've been given, I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in. 


"I met some wonderful people and really felt that my work helped make a difference to my local area."

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