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Northern Lights: Top photography tips

Tonight is the best chance to see the Northern Lights in our region for a long time.

No guarantees - but if it does happen you might want to know how to photograph it.

Viewer Alison Leddy has given us her top tips for capturing the phenomenon on camera.

Go as far away from any light pollution as possible and look to the north for clear dark skies.

The coast is generally the best.

Be prepared for a long wait and keep taking photos and checking on your camera.

– Alison Leddy
Alison captured this shot earlier this year Credit: Alison Leddy

A lot of the time it isn't visible to the naked eye but because you are doing a long exposure, your camera's sensor picks up the light and colours.

Best tip ever is to wrap up warm, it could turn into a long night.

– Alison Leddy

If you do get a picture you can email me your pictures to:

weatherpics@itv.com

Or Tweet me:

@Ross_Hutchinson

And good luck!!

North East secures £1m funding for 'greener' buses

Buses will be cleaner and greener in the North East after Newcastle and Sunderland City Councils received a £472,000 Government transport investment.

The Clean Vehicle Technology Fund pays for modifications to public service vehicles that will reduce 25% the amount of exhaust fumes emitted into the air in the city.

The money will adapt a fleet of 30 buses belonging to Go North East who are also investing more than £600,000 of their own money into the project.

The buses will travel from Newcastle city centre to Blyth in the north and Sunderland in the south.

This investment means the North East leads the way on introducing greener vehicles onto our local roads.

The new technology will improve fuel efficiency while reducing exhaust emissions which means less pollution in the atmosphere and cleaner air for everyone.

– Cllr Nick Forbes

Work to fit the equipment will start in March 2015.

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Extreme weather affecting birds in Northumberland

Extreme weather has severely affected breeding seabirds on the Northumberland coastline.

Atlantic puffins are threatened by extreme weather on the Northumberland coastline Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA

According to the National Trust, Atlantic puffins are particularly threatened on the Farne Islands. Flooding of their burrows during the summer meant that one of the islands failed to produce any chicks.

Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland

Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland Credit: John Hensby

A sinkhole has appeared on farmland in County Durham.

On Wednesday landowner John Hensby found a hole of about five metres in diameter on his land near Cowshill- he says that has now increased to around 30 metres.

It appears to be extremely deep

This is an ex-lead mining area and prone to holes appearing - but nothing on this vast scale; its rate of growth is quite alarming.

– John Hensby
Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland Credit: John Hensby

A temporary closure is now in place for the nearby public footpath over fears the hole could increase in size

NHS staff trained as beekeepers to produce honey

NHS staff been trained as beekeepers and installed a beehive at an office in Newcastle as part of a commitment to making the most of their land.

The biodiversity project plans to open more rooftop hives in Newcastle city centre to produce honey.

Staff are training as beekeepers to fulfil their commitment to make the most of the land

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