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
Jun
27
Tue
10:00 am Wild Yoga @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Wild Yoga @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Jun 27 @ 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 ...
10:30 am Bright Water – Barmpton and Kett... @ Barpton Village
Bright Water – Barmpton and Kett... @ Barpton Village
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Bright Water - Barmpton and Ketton walk @ Barpton Village | Barmpton | England | United Kingdom
This walk is 3.5 miles Come with us to explore Ketton Ox country. We will walk a circular route from Barmpton, which takes in Ketton Packhorse bridge. The meeting point ...
Jun
28
Wed
7:30 pm Washington Wildlife Group @ Washington Old Hall
Washington Wildlife Group @ Washington Old Hall
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Washington Wildlife Group @ Washington Old Hall | England | United Kingdom
Join your local wildlife group and learn more about the wildlife in your local area. Washington Wildlife Group meets on the last Wednesday of the month at Washington Old Hall. ...
Jun
29
Thu
8:30 am Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Jun 29 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 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 ...
Jun
30
Fri
8:30 am Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training @ Various Locations throughout vice-county Durham
Jun 30 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 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 ...
Jul
1
Sat
10:00 am Low Barns Watch Group @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Low Barns Watch Group @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Jul 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 ...
10:00 am Reptile Detectives @ Blaydon Youth Club, Gateshead
Reptile Detectives @ Blaydon Youth Club, Gateshead
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Reptile Detectives @ Blaydon Youth Club, Gateshead
A family friendly event to discover the fascinating lives of some of our most secretive animals. Find out which reptile species live in the North East and take part in ...
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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