Wilder Future

In the last 100 years our wildlife has been decimated. The places that wildlife calls home – our woods, meadows, hedges, parks and streams – are becoming smaller, cut off from each other and damaged. With fewer places to live or find food, the outlook for our wildlife is bleak.But it’s not too late to put nature into recovery. There are things we can all do to help our wildlife flourish once again.

How you can help

Join us and together we can put nature into recovery.

Become a Member of Durham Wildlife Trust and you can help us manage more land as nature reserves, deliver environmental education and give wildlife a greater voice in our area. Join us today.

Get involved in our Wilder Future events.

Take part in our Wildathon! – a triathlon of wild activities, giving you the tools to put nature into recovery. Or walk for a Wilder Future as we take on the 3 peaks of Sunderland. Visit The Wind in the Willows in Wool at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (see below).

Volunteer for wildlife where you live.

Be a wildlife champion and join our team of volunteers, from practical land management to helping us engage the next generation of nature enthusiasts, there are many ways to make a difference. Volunteer.

Could you do even more? One of the best things you can do to show your support for our wilder future campaign is to contact your MP, find out how to here.

The Wind in the Willows in Wool

A team of dedicated knitters have produced an exhibition celebrating Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s book, The Wind in the Willows. North-East based group The Materialistics have knitted characters and scenes from the book as part of Durham Wildlife Trust’s support for The Wildlife Trusts’ national Wilder Future Campaign.

The Wind in the Willows in Wool will be open to view every Sunday in June and July at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.

Join us in the Attenborough Room (upstairs) in the Visitor Centre between 10am & 3pm every Sunday to view the wonderful creation.

The exhibition will also be open to view on the following dates:
Saturday 25th May
Sunday 26th May
Monday 27th May

Additional dates will be added here shortly and we will also be hosting the Wind in the Willows themed events. To be the first to hear about these please email us at mail@durhamwt.co.uk.

Getting to Rainton Meadows – the reserve is adjacent to Rainton Bridge industrial estate in Houghton-le-Spring and is signposted from the A690. The postcode is DH4 6PU. For more detailed information on the reserve please see the Rainton Meadows page here.