Our Projects

A wide range of conservation and engagement projects are delivered annually by Durham Wildlife Trust. Restoring Durham’s threatened habitats and species, and reconnecting people with the natural world around them.


To find out more about the wide benefits our project work is bringing to wildlife and communities near your please follow the links to the project pages below.

Naturally Social

Based around conservation sites in Consett, Stanley and the Derwent Reservoir, Naturally Social aims to address individual people’s mental and physical well-being through engagement with nature.

The Revealing Reptiles Project

A Durham Wildlife Trust project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund which ran from September 2016 to September 2018

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 […]

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 to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural, industrial and cultural heritage of 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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Discover Brightwater

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