Living Uplands


Irrecoverable natural capital

1st Dec 2021
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A recent report on areas of the world that are carbon rich shows the risk to losing areas that have taken centuries to capture vast stores of carbon.

Future innovation required

23rd Nov 2021
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Living Uplands participated in the recent Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival, exploring a better understanding of land and water in the Durham region.

Practical science – Schools explore Source to Sea

26th Oct 2021
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While Teesside University analyse water and sediment samples from the River Wear, Durham Wildlife Trust has been out with local schools undertaking litter surveys at points along the riverside.

Plastics – Source to Sea

1st Sep 2021
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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.

A fresh look at Freshwater life in Weardale

25th Aug 2021
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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.

A rich diversity of Weardale fauna.

12th Aug 2021
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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.

Five-Year bird count milestone

26th Jul 2021
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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.

Botanical interests

30th Jun 2021
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Upper Weardale has plenty of botanical interest, shaped by its unique history and variety of habitats and plant communities.

The changing weather in Weardale

28th Jun 2021
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The Pennines are unique in England as the only significant upland area not close to the sea, with climatic implications. Weather patterns in the Upper Dale on the Pennines have changed in the past 20 years.

Talking about Conservation

10th Jun 2021
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Taking a view across the Natural History of Upper Weardale, Durham Wildlife Trust Director, Jim Cokill, considers the challenges and potential for conservation in the Dale.

Geomorphology. Bedrocks.

27th May 2021
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Despite being a region that has been cloaked in glacier ice many times during the ice age, the physical landscape of the North Pennines is strongly controlled by the structure of its bedrock.

Enjoy the great outdoors, responsibly.

30th Apr 2021
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In an official study most people agreed that natural spaces are good for mental health and wellbeing. More than 40% noticed that nature, wildlife, and visiting local green and natural spaces have been even more important to their wellbeing.

Underneath the surface of Upper Weardale

15th Apr 2021
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The latest chapter to be uploaded to the Natural History of Upper Weardale is on "Bedrock Geology", what could be described as the foundation of our landscape. What lies beneath the surface shapes and influences what we see above.

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.