Living Uplands


The Natural History of Upper Weardale - opening online

31st Mar 2021
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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.

Just published - the Natural History of Upper Weardale

11th Mar 2021
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The Natural History of Upper Weardale will be a valuable companion to the previously published and highly appreciated History of Upper Teesdale.

NEW - Education Pack on Curlew

4th Feb 2021
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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.

Natural History content is live.

17th Dec 2020
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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.

Helping out the community

3rd Dec 2020
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An update on some local charity work to help support local communities and their businesses.

The Lapwings' Diary

26th Oct 2020
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Our photographer kept a diary of a number of Lapwings, from April to June, to add a little colour and additional information to the basic data the annual count provides.

The return of 'Ratty'

12th Oct 2020
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Collated data and research was used to develop a strategy to halt the decline and aid recovery of the water vole across the Tyne, Wear and Tees; and a successful application to National Lottery Heritage Fund towards the Naturally Native project.

Free education resources available

8th Oct 2020
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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.

Moorland canvases

1st Sep 2020
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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.

Understanding the origins of 'blanket bog' on our Uplands.

10th Aug 2020
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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.

Two thirds of upland birds on endangered list.

23rd Jul 2020
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Across four years of data collection, the range of birds counted includes two-thirds that are on either the red or amber BTO endangered list.

Living Uplands 2020 Competition Winners and Runners up

9th Jul 2020
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Announcing the winners and runners up of our 'Views of Weardale' competition

A time of promise on the Uplands

10th Jun 2020
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The promise of new life on the Uplands makes spring an early summer a wonderful time of year.

Year 3 of Bird Monitoring programme

2nd Sep 2019
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The third year for Durham Wildlife Volunteers undertaking an Upland bird count.

Going underground.

16th Jul 2019
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Exploring the fascinating underworld of the "Hypogenic Caves of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark"

Beneath the surface

10th Jun 2019
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Exploring the fascinating underworld of the "Hypogenic Caves of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark"

Birds at risk

25th May 2019
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Returning to count birds for the third year, the young volunteers learned of challenges ahead for endangered birds on the moor.

Hopes for better weather and healthier season

25th Apr 2019
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2018's bitterly cold winter, late spring, and scorching summer meant the breeding pattern for our birdlife was severely disrupted. But a mild autumn and light winter might hold promise for a better 2019.