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.


A whiter shade of pale.
One story is that the "Fairy Hole' caves of Weardale are named because of these pale creatures in the waters.
Living Uplands’s sixth annual bird count.
Living Uplands's annual bird count takes place early May and early June. Durham Wildlife Trust Young Volunteers joined with the second count, and gained a great opportunity to learn about Weardale upland birds.
The Short-eared Owl is the subject of our New FREE education pack.
The graceful and nomadic short-eared owl is the subject of the latest Living Uplands FREE educational resource.
Plastics – Source to Sea
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.