The uplands of England are often seen as areas of outstanding natural beauty with many upland communities dotted throughout. Such communities are best known for farming and most uplands are grazed by sheep and the surrounding land is used for other livestock. These landscapes are also incredibly popular for tourists and help many small communities survive as people flock to them to walk, run, cycle and just enjoy the surrounding scenery. Small businesses rely heavily on tourism throughout the uplands but it is also important to look after these areas for the sake of the wild flora and fauna.
Many small communities run programmes with schools in which the children can experience the wilderness of their uplands whilst bird counting, litter picking or surveying other species. Communities here are usually very close-knit, hardworking and care about their surrounding areas.
It is not just hot weather that is increasing the risk of fire in the uplands. That dry spells seem to be longer, and hotter than previously is added to the increased prevalence of deliberate fire starting. Carelessness, and thoughtlessness doesn't help.
A new County Durham Wildfire Group held its first formal meeting in Bishop Auckland, end of February 2023..
Living Uplands FREE educational resource packs are being used to teach habitat and life for endangered birds in the Weardale uplands. Great to see in-person visits back after all the covid restrictions and time spent catching up on lost learning.