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.
Living Uplands's annual bird count takes place early May and early June. Durham Wildlife Trust Young Volunteers joined with the second count, and gained a great opportunity to learn about Weardale upland birds.
Living Uplands along with Durham Wildlife Trust and Teesside University is undertaking a project looking at plastics in the River Wear, source to sea, and engaging communities on what can be done to reduce pollution.
From being reported in 1903, as a salmon river 'ruined by pollution' so that 'there is nothing to be said about its angling', the River Wear, and its tributaries has much to offer today to anyone interested in its natural history.