Conserving Wildlife from Tees to Tyne

As a small, local charity we rely on the support of our members. Membership enables us to manage our nature reserves, run conservation projects, deliver environmental education activities and provide thousands of volunteering opportunities each year.
Across County Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland no one is working harder to protect our wildlife for future generations.

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35 Nature Reserves

from the Tees to the Tyne

Durham Wildlife Trust owns and manages 35 nature reserves
throughout our region covering an area of almost 800
hectares, providing special places for you, for
wildlife and for future generations.

Click below to learn more and to find your local nature reserves.

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Volunteer for wildlife

Volunteers play an integral role in what we do. We have many opportunities for volunteers to get involved, from habitat management on our reserves to educational work, contributing to survey efforts or helping with administration tasks, social media and more.


If you have time or skills to offer then please get in touch.

Our Projects

Our projects work to deliver a richer environment for wildlife and local communities. Click to read more about our projects and see how you can get involved

All Projects

Bright Water

A landscape partnership surrounding the River Skerne, working to reveal and celebrate its rich heritage.


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Community Conservation

Involving members & volunteers in ongoing species survey work on DWT reserves


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Heart of Durham

A partnership project with Northumbrian Water to restore habitat for wildlife on a landscape scale from Derwent Reservoir to Hamsterley Forest.

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North East Local Nature Partnership

Providing stewardship for our environment, to deliver a biodiverse landscape providing for a healthier and wealthier North East.


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Revealing Reptiles

Working to develop a better understanding of the reptile population throughout the North East and to encourage, through active participation, a greater interest in reptiles and their conservation.

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The Land of Oak & Iron

Working with local communities and partners to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural, industrial and cultural heritage of the Land of Oak & Iron area.

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Stand up for local wildlife

 

As a membership organisation we rely on the support of our members. Every £1 raised through membership and legacy donations generates £5.32 to spend on vital conservation work.

With your help we can continue work throughout Durham, Darlingon, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Join today and help us create a richer environment for wildlife, for local communities and for future generations to enjoy.

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Upcoming Events
Aug
23
Wed
12:00 pm Craft Hour @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Craft Hour @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Craft Hour @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve | England | United Kingdom
Our local craft group meets weekly to knit, crochet and natter, crafting wildlife-inspired creations to raise money for Durham Wildlife Trust. All welcome, email mail@durhamwt.co.uk for more information and to ...
Aug
24
Thu
1:00 pm Buzzing about Bees @ Whinnies Local Nature Reserve
Buzzing about Bees @ Whinnies Local Nature Reserve
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Buzzing about Bees @ Whinnies Local Nature Reserve | Middleton Saint George | England | United Kingdom
Bumble along to The Whinnies and find out about the wonderful life of our bees. Learn how to identify some of our most common species and take part in a ...
1:00 pm Family Otter Walk @ Derwent Walk, Winlaton Mill
Family Otter Walk @ Derwent Walk, Winlaton Mill
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Family Otter Walk @ Derwent Walk, Winlaton Mill
Find out about the fascinating life of otters and become an otter detective learning to identify their tracks and spraint (poo). On our walk we will explore and identify the ...
Aug
25
Fri
1:00 pm Family John Muir Award @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Family John Muir Award @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Family John Muir Award @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
This summer get ready to go really wild with your family and explore, discover, conserve and share your local wild spaces while achieving your own family Join Muir Award. We ...
Aug
29
Tue
10:00 am Wild Yoga @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Wild Yoga @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Wild Yoga @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve | England | United Kingdom
We’ve teamed up with accredited Dru Yoga Teacher,Roy Moor, to deliver weekly yoga classses at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. Classes will last 1 hour 15 minutes and will run every ...
1:00 pm Wild Kite Making @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Wild Kite Making @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wild Kite Making @ Low Barns Nature Reserve | England | United Kingdom
With so many wonderful animals flying around us at Low Barns we are going to join them in the skies by making some wild kites to fly. Please bring sunglasses ...
Aug
30
Wed
10:00 am Saltmarsh Garden Outdoor Wild Art @ Saltmarsh Garden
Saltmarsh Garden Outdoor Wild Art @ Saltmarsh Garden
Aug 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saltmarsh Garden Outdoor Wild Art @ Saltmarsh Garden | United Kingdom
Let nature inspire all our young artists out there to make some truly wild works of art. Opposite the entrance to Dunston Staiths. All welcome, activities are aimedat ages 5-10, ...
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Contact Us

Rainton Meadows
Chilton Moor,
Houghton-le-Spring,
Tyne & Wear, DH4 6PU

  • 0191 584 3112
  • mail@durhamwt.co.uk
  • Charity No. 501038