Family and Youth Clubs

If you care about nature and love wildlife then our Family and Youth Clubs are for you!  Explore your local wild places, get involved in events and activities and make new friends.

Rainton Meadows Wildlife Watch Group Building a Habitat Pile


Watch Groups


Activities aimed at 5 – 11 year olds.

Visit to find out what each group is doing this month and book your place. Children must be supervised by an adult.


Low Barns Wildlife Watch Group

Meeting monthly* in Low Barns Nature Reserve near Bishop Auckland, the Low Barns Watch Group are expert species explorers, from identifying hedgehog tracks to knowing their ducks this group have got their wildlife sussed. Join them on their next wild adventure.

Meet at Low Barns Nature Reserve on the first Saturday of each month.

*the group does not meet during the school holidays, please the ‘events’ section for full details.


Rainton Meadows Wildlife Watch Group

Pond Dipping Pro’s, our Rainton Meadows Watch Group will have you toadally expert on wetland wildlife in no time. Join the regular sessions for a wildlife experience like no other in Sunderland.

Meet at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve on the 2nd Saturday of each month.


Lanchester Watch Group

THE place to be if you like exploring the regions wildlife hotspots. Our Lanchester Wildlife Group visits local wildlife sites on a regular basis, finding out all there is to know about each wonderful place and the special creatures who call it home.

Meet at Lanchester Community Centre on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. For further information email:


Watergate Park Watch Group

Meet at the Watergate Café on the 3rd Saturday of each month.


Young Rangers



Activities for 14-18 year olds.

Our Young Rangers meet at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve on the 2nd Saturday of each month. We head off in the minibus to a variety of reserves and green spaces across the region learning skills in nature conservation and wildlife surveys.

Perfect if you love nature, being outdoors and a great way to achieve your Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

For more details please contact Dorinda Kealoha at


Becoming a Wildlife Watch Member


Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of the Wildlife Trusts. For years Watch has brought children and families closer to nature, inspiring generations of wildlife enthusiasts. Family Members of Durham Wildlife Trust are automatically enrolled onto Wildlife Watch. In addition to the usual Membership Pack, Magazines and Car Sticker, Family Members of Durham Wildlife Trust also receive 4 copies of the Wildlife Watch magazine per year and our Wildlife Watch Explorers Pack, complete with Nature Handbook, Posters, Stickers and Wildlife Watcher Badge! It costs less than you might think too, only £36 for the entire year.

Become a Family Member of Durham Wildlife Trust Today.



Starting a Wildlife Watch Group 


If you think your area deserves it’s own Wildlife Watch group, then let us know! We can help you get started with Watch Leader training, activity plans and top tips to make your new group thrive. You’ll receive full support and planning and we’ll help you recruit group members near you. For more information on starting up a Wildlife Watch group email today.