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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Heathland Heartlands

Working to establish closer links between communities and their local ‘doorstep’ heaths in and around South Stanley.


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MammalWeb

An exciting citizen science project involving the use of remote-capture trail cameras to monitor our mammal population throughout the North East


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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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WildGround

A three-year, HLF-funded initiative to deliver 18 high quality traineeships in natural heritage grounds maintenance, working with local councils and communities from from the Tees to the Tyne.


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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
Mar
24
Fri
10:00 am Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
  Volunteers will be greeted on arrival and given a brief chat about the habitat and what reptiles they may encounter on the day. As the day progresses, volunteers will ...
Mar
26
Sun
11:00 am Mother’s Day Guided Walk & After... @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Mother’s Day Guided Walk & After... @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mother's Day Guided Walk & Afternoon Tea @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve | England | United Kingdom
Enjoy a guided walk around Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve before a cosy Afternoon Tea from The Meadows Coffee Shop. £25 per pair, includes a gift for Mum Booking is essential ...
Mar
28
Tue
10:00 am Wild Yoga @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Wild Yoga @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Mar 28 @ 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 ...
Mar
30
Thu
10:00 am Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
  Volunteers will be greeted on arrival and given a brief chat about the habitat and what reptiles they may encounter on the day. As the day progresses, volunteers will ...
Mar
31
Fri
10:00 am Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
  Volunteers will be greeted on arrival and given a brief chat about the habitat and what reptiles they may encounter on the day. As the day progresses, volunteers will ...
Apr
1
Sat
10:00 am Low Barns Watch Group @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Low Barns Watch Group @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Low Barns Watch Group @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Low Barns Wildlife Watch February – July 2017 Meetings are held at Low Barns (unless otherwise stated) at 10am – 12pm   February 4th – How green are you? Join ...
Apr
3
Mon
6:00 pm Watervole Survey Skills – FREE @ Station Burn Nature Reserve
Watervole Survey Skills – FREE @ Station Burn Nature Reserve
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Watervole Survey Skills - FREE @ Station Burn Nature Reserve
Durham Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officer describes the ecology and story of one of our most threatened mammals.  Learn how to identify habitat and signs of watervoles in preparation for watervole ...
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Rainton Meadows
Chilton Moor,
Houghton-le-Spring,
Tyne & Wear, DH4 6PU

  • 0191 584 3112
  • mail@durhamwt.co.uk