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 have now to decided to put together a programme for the summer and winter, with the covid rules being relaxed. We have added two walks to our calendar and we will add more events as we get them organised. We also hope to hold a Fungi walk in September and are currently discussing talks for the winter months. We are considering holding our Xmas social event at the end of November, so watch out for the details of what we have planned for this year.


If anyone is interested joining our steering group, any offer of time or skills would be gratefully received or has experience or knowledge of community banking, we would welcome advice. Just contact the Weardale Wildlife Group by email at enquiries@weardalewildlifegroup.co.uk.


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.

A great recording site where species are identified for you is Inaturalist

Other events you may be interested in:


Events at Bowlees

(includes events for the Young Naturalist)


Please find links to other sites below:


Wear River Trust

Durham Badger Group

Durham Bird Club

Darlington & Teesdale Naturalist's Field Club

Photography North Pennines AONB



Wasp seen at Hawkwellhead April 22