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
3 - BEDROCK GEOLOGY Download Chapter in PDF View More
By Brian Young:
Brian Young, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham, retired British Geological Survey District Geologist for Northern England.
Buried beneath the Dale, but reached by deep boreholes, are rocks dating from around 450 Ma (million years) ago formed when the area that was to become Northern England lay far south of the equator. These include slates that originated as mud on the floor of a deep ocean, and volcanic rocks and granite formed as the earth’s tectonic plates collided and destroyed this ancient ocean around 420 Ma.