Ways to a Wilder Bank Holiday and Beyond

Whatever the weather we’ve got lots of ways for you to go wild this week and beyond! Join us on a reserve, at an event or download one of our activity sheets below.

Wild Events from Tees to Tyne

Scroll down for a selection of our upcoming events and activities or view the full line up here

New Members Walk – An Introduction to Rainton Meadows
Thursday 23rd May, 6pm

Meet the team at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve for a members only guided walk. You’ll find out more about the history of the site, it’s importance to wildlife in the area and will gain a privileged insight into future plans.

DWT Members, Members Guests and those wishing to join the Trust. Free but please RSVP to Emily at membership@durhamwt.co.uk, book online HERE or call 0191 584 3112.

Bring a friend. Members are welcome to bring guests and if your guest becomes a member at the event you will both receive a free thank you gift.

All ages welcome, dogs should be kept on a lead.

Walk on the Wild Side
Wednesday 22nd May 2-3pm
Learn how the Durham Botanic Garden is managed to encourage local wildlife on a tour with the Head Gardener. Free, Durham Wildlife Trust Members Only.
Booking essential online HERE.

The Wind in the Willows in Wool

For the past 4 months Durham Wildlife Trust have been working with The Materialistics, a textile group based in the North East, to produce an exhibition to show our support for the Wildlife Trust’s national Wilder Future campaign.

The display features scenes from the iconic children’s book and it’s beloved characters, all knitted with great care and will be officially opened in time for the Bank Holiday Weekend.  View the exhibition in the Attenborough Room (Upstairs) at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.

Open to View 10am-3pm on the following dates:

Saturday 25th May
Sunday 26th May
Monday 27th May
Every Sunday in June & July

Saturday 15th June

Come and join us for our 30 Days Wild Wildathon and learn new skills to help ensure we can create a wilder future. Activities will be tailored for adults and children including Hedgehog Highways, The Art of Feeding your Garden Birds and Wildlife Gardening.
Booking is essential to guarantee your Wilder Future Goody Bag.

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Water Vole Safari
Saturday 25th May

Water voles have suffered a dramatic decline in numbers making them one of Britain’s fastest declining mammals. Learn about water voles in our region, how to look for tracks and signs and hopefully see these special mammals in their natural environment.

Photo: Tom Marshall

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Advanced entries for Durham Wildlife Trust’s annual 5K Run Rainton are now open. Book now to ensure your get your place or find out more here https://durhamwt.com/event/run-rainton-2019
View All Events on the DWT Website

KittiCam Returns

Tune in to our favourite live show, Kittiwake Cam, our urban birds have returned to star in (arguably) the best reality show the North East has ever produced. These wonderful seabirds, nesting on the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside are the furthest inland breeding colony IN THE WORLD. Join us in celebrating our Tyne Kittiwakes https://durhamwt.com/kittiwake-cam/

From high peaks and valleys to meandering rivers and powerful seas – see how animals have adapted to live and thrive in the varied environments of the British Isles at Palace Green Library. From Saturday 18th May – 6th October visit WILD exhibition. Find out more HERE
Wildlife Watch! Get your young nature detectives going wild this weekend with our outdoor and indoor activity sheets.

On the lookout for Bumblebees? Do you know your buff-tails from your carders? Our ID guide can help! Click on the image below to download.

Or pull out your favourite bird book and have a go at colouring in a kestrel on our colouring sheet. Click here to download colouring sheet.

Check out all of the Wildlife Watch activity sheets and create your own spotting sheet at www.wildlifewatch.org.uk

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