Wildlife Safari – Members only

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July 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Europe/London Timezone
Mosswood Water Treatment Works
Mosswood Cottages
Consett DH8 9BD
Anne Porter

Members Day with Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Project

Mosswood Treatment Works process water from Derwent reservoir to supply the conurbations of Consett and Castleside. For 60 years the solid residue from this process was sprayed onto 5 adjacent fields, raising the level of the land to 6 feet in some places. This procedure was stopped 10 years ago and since then tremendous efforts have been made to bring the land back into a state which is favourable to wildlife. Over the last 10 years the site has evolved, from bare patches of red black earth, thistles and dandelions to meadows that are flourishing with a range of wildlife.

We are offering members an exciting opportunity to join us on a wildlife safari on an evolving ecologically very interesting site which generally is not open to the public.

On Sunday the 14th of July, in conjunction with Northumbrian Water, Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Project is organising a morning of discovery at Mosswood Water Treatment Works. Starting at 10.00am members, in small groups, will progress around this lovely site to experience a range of activities. Stuart Pudney Head of conservation for Northumbrian Water will kick off the morning explaining the history and the current management of the site. Once a former sludge dumping ground for the water treatment process, the morning of small mammal trapping, mist netting, botany, dragonflies, invertebrates, moths and pond surveys will help Northumbrian Water record a range of species on the site, while giving members an opportunity to see creatures close up and personal.

Starting promptly at 10.00am, there will be a morning break for coffee, (we will provide the cake) with the aim of finishing at 1pm.

  • Booking is essential
  • Parking available on site, car share where possible, there will be a minibus leaving Low Barns at 9.15am (this needs to be booked).
  • Please bring sun cream hats and plenty of drink and a picnic chair or rug. Walking boots essential.
  • Please note there are no toilets on site.

For more information, please contact aporter@durhamwt.co.uk

NB: Not suitable for small children, uneven ground and deep ponds.

All school aged children to be supervised by an adult