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
May
25
Thu
all-day Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
May 25 all-day
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
Come along and get involved in our free Revealing Reptiles Survey Training. Please contact Revealing Reptiles Project officer, John Grundy, to register your interested. Times and locations will be confirmed on ...
10:00 am Botany Group – Training on Grass... @ Mosswood Treatment Works
Botany Group – Training on Grass... @ Mosswood Treatment Works
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Botany Group - Training on Grassland Monitoring @ Mosswood Treatment Works
Thursday 25th, 1000-1500, Mosswood treatment works: training on grassland monitoring This event is organised and paid for by Northumberland Water/ Heart of Durham project and is being led by the ...
10:00 am Botany Group Meeting @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Botany Group Meeting @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Botany Group Meeting @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve | England | United Kingdom
Meet like-minded folk and develop your knowledge of plants in a fun and friendly environment with DWT Botany Group New members are welcome. For more information or to join in ...
6:00 pm New Members Evening @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
New Members Evening @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Members Evening @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
New Members Evening Thursday 25th May 6pm, Rainton Meadows, DH4 6PU Meet staff and volunteers of Durham Wildlife Trust for a guided walk around the reserve. Light refreshments will be ...
May
26
Fri
all-day Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
May 26 all-day
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
Come along and get involved in our free Revealing Reptiles Survey Training. Please contact Revealing Reptiles Project officer, John Grundy, to register your interested. Times and locations will be confirmed on ...
May
27
Sat
all-day Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
May 27 all-day
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
Come along and get involved in our free Revealing Reptiles Survey Training. Please contact Revealing Reptiles Project officer, John Grundy, to register your interested. Times and locations will be confirmed on ...
10:00 am Otter Walk @ Thornley Woods Centre
Otter Walk @ Thornley Woods Centre
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Otter Walk @ Thornley Woods Centre | England | United Kingdom
Durham Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officer will lead a survey walk along the River Derwent to look for tracks and signs of one of our most charismatic mammals. Learn how to ...
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Contact Us

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

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