Phase two of the Newburgh Seal Viewing Experience Project is scheduled to begin in late April/early May. It involves building a new all abilities path from the Beach road car park, Newburgh, through 230 metres of fixed dunes to the side of the Ythan estuary where a low level viewpoint will be built.  Phase two will also see non-slip material added to the existing boardwalk and the high level viewpoint slightly extended and the erosion around it restored with the planting of marram grass.   At the moment the work is out to tender and the preferred bid will be selected in early April.  Our grant application to the Aberdeenshire Council Sharing Prosperity Fund, to cover 90% of the costs, is still being considered by Aberdeenshire Council but we are hopeful that a decision will be made by the end of March/beginning of April.