Join Durham Wildlife Trust

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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.

35 Nature Reserves
from 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.

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

The Revealing Reptiles Project

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.

The Natural History of Upper Teesdale

Durham Wildlife Trust is very grateful to The Heritage Lottery Fund for its generous financial support of this project that runs to September 2018. The purpose of the project is to inform, inspire and involve the many people who live, learn or work in the area about and those who visit from near or far. […]

Living Uplands

The Living Uplands project was founded to focus attention on the sixth most endangered bird in the UK, the Black Grouse.

The Land of Oak & Iron

Working with local communities and partners to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural, industrial and cultural heritage around the Derwent Valley and surrounding areas

Community Conservation

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

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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Bright Water

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

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.