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.
The magical curlew is the subject of the latest Living Uplands educational resource. This new pack provides for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils, with lots of activity and learning for the classroom in school or at home.
Content for the Natural History section of the website has been under development over recent months. First to be added is an online access to the Natural History of Upper Teesdale book, the most recent edition published by Durham Wildlife Trust.
An update on some local charity work to help support local communities and their businesses.