The uplands and moorlands of England are home to half of the UK's sites of scientific interest and a huge 74% of national parks in England are classed as a moorland or upland. This ancient landscape has hundreds, if not thousands of species of plants, one of the best-known being heather of which England's moors hold 70% of the worlds heather. The uplands also hold large amounts of carbon, in recent years huge projects to restore the health of moors have been under way to help the planet become greener and increase the carbon capture of these areas.
Despite being a region that has been cloaked in glacier ice many times during the ice age, the physical landscape of the North Pennines is strongly controlled by the structure of its bedrock.
The latest chapter to be uploaded to the Natural History of Upper Weardale is on "Bedrock Geology", what could be described as the foundation of our landscape. What lies beneath the surface shapes and influences what we see above.
Over the coming months further chapters will be available online, following this first Chapter on "people". The Natural History of Upper Weardale will be a valuable companion to the previously published and highly appreciated History of Upper Teesdale.
The Natural History of Upper Weardale will be a valuable companion to the previously published and highly appreciated History of Upper Teesdale.
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.
Free to use education resource provides teacher plans and pupil activity for Key State 1 & 2. Easy to download. First pack now available, more soon.
Winners and runners-up in the "Views of Weardale" photo competition have each received a canvas copy print of their winning image. We hope that this memento will take pride of place on their walls.
Blanket bog represents around 6% of UK land, and the popular view is that these expanses were created by early human populations clearing forest. Research suggests that climate rather than land-use history might explain blanket bog distribution.
Exploring the fascinating underworld of the "Hypogenic Caves of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark"