Living Uplands




From a distance the uplands look relatively bleak and empty but when you start to examine them, spend time on them and look harder you realise they are a safe haven for many species of plants, birds, reptiles and mammals. Many species depend on the uplands for their breeding and nesting season. One particular focus of the Living Uplands project are red-listed species of birds including Lapwing, Curlew and Ring ouzel. They have all declined significantly in recent years and are now under severe threat.

It is extremely important that we learn and understand how relevant upland areas are to these species so that we can preserve and protect them for future generations. Many factors affect these areas including human activity, the weather, fluctuations in predatory animals and natural resources.


The Lapwings' Diary
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'
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
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.
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
The promise of new life on the Uplands makes spring an early summer a wonderful time of year.
Year 3 of Bird Monitoring programme
The third year for Durham Wildlife Volunteers undertaking an Upland bird count.
Birds at risk
Returning to count birds for the third year, the young volunteers learned of challenges ahead for endangered birds on the moor.