Welcome to the Weardale Wildlife Group


In 2016 we held walks and talks, including our guest speaker Keith Bowey and a leather workshop, which everyone enjoyed. We are now putting together our 2017 programme. To start the year we have a workshop and walk led by Keith Bowey to learn about owls. This will be February 25th at the Methodist School Room, High Street, Stanhope DL13 2UP with a walk nearby. The workshop will start at 1pm with a short overview of owls. We will then go 'out and about' for a shortish walk to look at owl habitats and where one might see/hear owls. We will return for refreshments and there will be a further presentation looking at owl identification, including using our ears and listening to some owl calls before we head outside again, hopefully to see/hear some owls finishing 6 - 6.30pm. For Members it's free, non-members £2.50 and children £1. Our events calendar will soon be updated with the upcoming events.


Our membership subscription runs from January to January and you can renew your subscription or sign up at any of our talks.


Wildlife is an important part of Weardale's landscape but much of it is being lost. In order to conserve and protect our natural heritage we want to play our part in understanding our wildlife and encouraging others to enjoy our surroundings.


We aim to:

  • Bring together people interested in wildlife
  • Record key wildlife species and their habitats
  • Encourage local interest in wildlife and conservation
  • Share our knowledge and skills with other groups and organisations

Initially our focus will be Ashes Quarry in Stanhope, where we are recording the flora and fauna and we will be adding other sites in the future. If you know of any sites that would be of interest to us please feel free to get in touch.


If you would like to get involved, your enthusiasm and interest would be warmly welcome and we have many events in the pipeline. Please see our calendar for upcoming walks, talks, gatherings and training events. We would also like to meet for informal walks, so if you are planning a walk and would like others to join you please contact us. We can be contacted by email at enquiries@weardalewildlifegroup.co.uk or check out our facebook page. Feel free also to post events or news on our blog page on this website, called 'What's been going on' Please note, we have a no dog policy.


Please also check out the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s WildWatch pages. 


We also record wildlife sightings which are submitted to Wildwatch. Please use the following link to record your own sightings Wildwatch


Please find other links below:


Wear River TrustDurham Badger Group

Durham Bird Club

Darlington & Teesdale Naturalist's Field Club

Photography North Pennines AONB


Gorse Shield Bug

 Gorse Shield Bug