Book celebrates Upper Teesdale


A book celebrating the flora and fauna of Upper Teesdale has been published after Durham Wildlife Trust  was awarded a grant of £9,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to provide up to date information to residents and visitors about the wonders of the area.

Steve Gater, editor of The Natural History of Upper Teesdale 5th Edition proudly holding a finished copy of the book

Money raised by National Lottery players has funded a new edition of the authoritative book, ‘The Natural History of Upper Teesdale’. The fifth edition, published just over 50 years since the first, comes after Durham Wildlife Trust linked up with The Upper Teesdale Botany group, run by Dr. Margaret E Bradshaw, MBE, who has written chapters on the Dale’s unique flora once again (she has contributed to every edition of this book since 1965).

Local experts revised the text and invited extra information from residents to inform their writing for the book, which is a much bigger volume than its predecessors and includes many colour images and illustrations that offer new insights into the Dale and its conservation. Production of the book has run hand in hand with a series of events that have helped shown the public just how important Upper Teesdale is. The book’s editor. Steve Gater said ’the new edition is a fantastic testament to the enthusiasm that so many people have about the wonders of Upper Teesdale and draws together expert knowledge to celebrate the Dale. Upper Teesdale is rightly renowned for its nature history, locally, nationally and internationally. Thanks to funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund, the book and project are giving people a chance to learn about and savour this very special part of County Durham. We hope that people enjoy reading about the Dale and joining the events that follow’.

The book is available from Durham Wildlife Trust’s Rainton Meadows and Low Barns Visitor Centres, with members able to buy at a specially reduced price of £8 with a £2 postage and packing charge. The book can also be purchased by non-members for £10 with a £2 postage and packing charge. Copies can also be ordered by phone or email from the Trust on or 0191 584 3112. A £2 post and packing charge applies. Teesdale based book design company Mosaic (, who worked on the project, will also have copies available for sale.