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 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.
Wolf, Wild Boar, and Aurochs (wild cattle) no longer roam Weardale, the hunting forests of the Bishop Princes gone, but there remains a wide and varied diversity in the fauna of the region.
Living Uplands has reached a small milestone, with the fifth consecutive bird count with Durham Wildlife Trust. This annual exercise is building a valuable data set of birdlife on a particular section of upland moor.