The Natural History of Upper Teesdale

Durham Wildlife Trust is very grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for its generous financial support of The Natural History of Upper Teesdale project.

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. Upper Teesdale is an iconic part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It has long been recognised, nationally and internationally, for its remarkable geology, habitats, flora and fauna, as well as fascinating social heritage and special weather conditions. While much of the area has protective designation, conservation of the Dale is subject to many pressures. A grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund is making possible a range of activities that look to engage local people and visitors in learning about the Dale and inspiring them to play their part in its ongoing conservation.

Events to celebrate the Natural History of Upper Teesdale are underway as Durham Wildlife Trust is hosting an Upper Teesdale’s Magic Meadows event. This session takes place on Monday 28th May at Bowlees Vistor Centre between 12.00pm – 3.00pm. Come along to discover some of the myths and stories behind some of our best loved wildflowers, take part in the wildflower treasure trail, investigate the animals that live amongst our meadows and join our story teller to uncover more secrets from the wonderful nature around us. All welcome, activities are aimed at 5-10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A key activity is the publication of a new edition of ‘The natural history of Upper Teesdale’ book that is now available. This fifth edition, published just over 50 years since the first, marks the continuing interest in the wonders of Upper Teesdale. It is a much bigger volume than its predecessors, includes many colour images and illustrations that enrich the updated content that offers new insights into the Dale and its conservation.

The book is widely available and supports a programme of talks, guided walks and work with local schools based over the summer.

A really brilliant book’ Chris Woodley-Stewart, North Pennies AONB Partnership.

Copies of the book are now available for Durham Wildlife Trust members to buy at a specially reduced price of £8, £10 for non members and can be collected from Low Barns or Rainton Meadows Visitor Centres. Copies may be bought over the phone from Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve on 0191 584 3112.

Other outlets will sell copies of the book at £10.00 and are listed here: Mosaic (Teesdale) Ltd . Copies will be available in local libraries for free loan and all Teesdale schools and councils will receive a copy.

But buy now, there is a limited print run, so don’t miss out!