Welcome to the Weardale Wildlife Group


Welcome to the website of the Weardale Wildlife Group. We are a group born out of the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s WildWatch Project. We are enthusiastic about wildlife and enjoy observing and recording species seen. Our main focus is the Weardale area, but we do venture to other areas on occasions, for walks and joint ventures with other groups.


We are considering resuming talks in the winter but will decide after June 21st, when it will be clear regarding groups of people meeting inside. Meanwhile we are joining the Lanchester Wildlife Group for a walk in June at Harehope Quarry, when we will record any species seen.


Please check our calendar page for updates, we also send a mailshot to advertise upcoming events. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send a message via the contact page. We also have a facebook page, where people post news about wildlife events, talks and wildlife seen (there is a link below). Any paid memberships will be carried over for the 2021 season.


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

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. Our email is 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. Please note, we have a no dog policy.


To record wildlife follow the link for the AONB's new recording site irecord.

Please find other links below:


Wear River Trust

Durham Badger Group

Durham Bird Club

Darlington & Teesdale Naturalist's Field Club

Photography North Pennines AONB




Hoverfly Sericomyia silentis seen at Hawkwellhead