Living Uplands

Natural History of Upper Weardale

This new publication compliments the outstanding "Natural History of Upper Teesdale", the latest edition of which was published in 2018 by Durham Wildlife Trust. This too takes a whole view of a remarkable upland area. In the Foreword to Natural History of Upper Weardale, naturalist Phil Gates notes that: "It is an inspirational Dale for anyone who loves landscape, rural communities, history and natural history." He adds: "I thought I knew it pretty well, having trod so many miles of its footpaths, until I read this book: it has reminded me that there is so much more here to learn and to marvel at."

Over the coming months chapters will be uploaded to the website. The first, on the People of Upper Weardale is available. Meantime, copies of both books are available for sale from Durham Wildlife Trust.

Image: Sheep at road - a living dale (c) Tracey Laing

Foreword View More

Phil Gates PhD, retired Senior Lecturer in Botany at Durham University, author, photographer, naturalist and Guardian Country Diarist for County Durham for over 30 years.

Introduction View More

Steve Gater PhD, formerly Chair of Durham Wildlife Trust, has enjoyed discovering the amazing landscapes, fauna and flora of County Durham and North East over the past 50 years. 

1 - People Download Chapter in PDF View More

By Ian Forbes and Rob Young:

Ian Forbes MBE, retired Director of Killhope Lead Mining Museum.

Rob Young PhD, former Historic England’s Inspector of Ancient Monuments (N E England), freelance archaeological specialist.