Enjoying a pint of local real ale while drinking in stunning views of the Farne Islands can now help to ensure the survival of marine mammals in the North Sea.
The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses has teamed up with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) charity to raise money for vital equipment including a marine mammal medic kit, dolphin stretcher and seal kennel and bag to help sick and stranded porpoises, dolphins, whales and seals.
As the Inn’s charity of the year for 2014, the BDMLR will receive 5p from every pint of house ale sold – the appropriately named Hadrian & Border Farne Island – and will also benefit from a series of fundraising events organised by the Inn throughout the year.
Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager, Peter O Brien, said: “In the storms before Christmas, dozens of grey seal pups were washed up on the beaches near to us, which really brought home to us how important BDMLR’s work is.
“The view of the Farne Islands is one of the Bamburgh Castle Inn’s biggest attractions for visitors and locals alike, which makes us feel a certain sense of responsibility towards the islands and their wildlife.
“The Farnes are home to the biggest population of grey seals in the UK. The islands attract thousands of divers and sightseers every year and we also benefit from these visitors when they come to enjoy our great food, drink and hospitality. By supporting the work of the BDMLR this year, we’re putting something back.”
The BDMLR is a voluntary network of marine mammal medics which relies entirely on donations to run the service. Teams operating in England, Scotland and Wales respond to call outs from the public, police, coastguard and animal welfare groups, and also train emergency services staff to deal with marine mammals in distress. Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, every day.
Richard Ilderton, BDMLR’s Area Coordinator for the north east, said: “We’re delighted the Bamburgh Castle Inn has chosen us as its charity of the year. The money will help us to buy a marine mammal medic kit of essential supplies that our volunteers use to help stranded animals.
“Anyone who becomes interested in our work through the Bamburgh Castle Inn’s campaign can also train to become one of our volunteers on the Northumberland coast, by taking our Marine Mammal Medic Course. You don’t have to be a diver to become one of our volunteers.”