Living Uplands


The Lapwings' Diary

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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'

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

A time of promise on the Uplands

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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

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The third year for Durham Wildlife Volunteers undertaking an Upland bird count.

Going underground.

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Exploring the fascinating underworld of the "Hypogenic Caves of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark"

Beneath the surface

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Exploring the fascinating underworld of the "Hypogenic Caves of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark"

Birds at risk

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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.