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
Jul
24
Mon
all-day Wild About the Derwent Valley @ Watling Woods
Wild About the Derwent Valley @ Watling Woods
Jul 24 all-day
Wild About the Derwent Valley @ Watling Woods | England | United Kingdom
Explore Watling Woods and Discover the wonderful creatures that live there. Make your own natural smelly cocktail, go on a wild scavenger hunt and learn how to identify leaves. There ...
Jul
25
Tue
10:00 am Outdoor Wild Art @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Outdoor Wild Art @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Outdoor Wild Art @ Low Barns Nature Reserve
Let nature inspire all our young artists out there to make some truly wild works of art. All welcome, activities are aimed at ages 5-10. Children must be accompanied by ...
10:00 am Wild Yoga @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Wild Yoga @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Jul 25 @ 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 ...
Jul
26
Wed
12:00 pm Craft Hour @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Craft Hour @ Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Jul 26 @ 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 ...
7:30 pm Washington Wildlife Group @ Washington Old Hall
Washington Wildlife Group @ Washington Old Hall
Jul 26 @ 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. ...
Jul
27
Thu
all-day Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
Revealing Reptiles Survey Training
Jul 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 ...
all-day Wild About the Derwent Valley @ Allensford Country Park
Wild About the Derwent Valley @ Allensford Country Park
Jul 27 all-day
Wild About the Derwent Valley @ Allensford Country Park | Allensford | England | United Kingdom
Explore Allensford Country Park and the River Derwent. Discover what is lurking beneath the river surface and hiding out in the woods. Park in Allensford Country Park car park DH8 9BA There ...
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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