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Just published - the Natural History of Upper Weardale

11th Mar 2021

Living Uplands is pleased to be able to announce the publication of a unique insight to the Natural History of Upper Weardale. This has been written as a companion book to the Natural History of Upper Teesdale, described in the North Pennines AONB Consultation for the area's management plan 2019-2024 as "the standard reference work on the area's natural heritage for years to come."

In his introduction to the Upper Weardale book the editor, Steve Gater, highlights the purpose of producing this book alongside the outstanding Natural History of Upper Teesdale:

"Change is inevitable, that's what happens in nature. But human decisions and actions will shape the type and extent of change. If we want our children, and future generations, to enjoy the area as we do today, their best interests should be at the heart of development and future conservation strategy. We have a choice. Let's hope Weardale benefits from decisions and actions that are well-informed, enlightened, joined-up and that support a living Dale."

Phil Gates, local naturalist and writer, writes in the Foreword:

"Reading The Natural History of Upper Weardale will surely add a new level of enjoyment to all those who love the Dale, and those who have yet to discover its delights. It was researched, written and produced by a team who generously dedicated their time, knowledge and talents during the worst months of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. Perhaps that timing was fortuitous, as the conditions of lockdown have made so many of us acutely aware of the importance of open spaces, nature and the countryside in our physical and mental wellbeing."

We can all agree with Phil's sentiment.

Over the coming weeks Living Uplands will be uploading the individual chapters of the book, making this highly accessible to all. Meantime, those wishing to have a copy in their hands can purchase the book (or both books) from Durham Wildlife Trust at Books (

The Natural History of Upper Weardale book is only 10 plus 3 p&p, as is the Natural History of Upper Teesdale book (limited numbers available) - or those looking for a bargain will be able to purchase both both together for 19 plus 4.50 p&p.

Living Uplands looks forward to having these books online as an open resource for all budding geologists, and botanists and everyone with an interest in the rich and unique history and biodiversity of the region.