Living Uplands


Plastics – Source to Sea

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

Talking about Conservation

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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.

Enjoy the great outdoors, responsibly.

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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.

The Natural History of Upper Weardale - opening online

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.