Welcome to the Weardale Wildlife Group


We are looking forward to this year as we have many more talks and walks planned. Our next event is a joint outing with Lanchester Wildlife Group on Saturday 23rd June. We will walk the Tunstall Reservoir and Backstone Bank wood circuit for an interesting variety of birds, insects and flowers. There is also a good chance to see Pied Flycatchers that normally nest in the bird boxes provided there - please see the calendar for full details.


You may be interested in the Coloursplash project which is helping bees through increasing bee-friendly habitat.


Weardale Community Partnership have a great opportunity to help support our biodiversity through the Coloursplash project by distributing wild flower seed for gardens and small areas to the public from the Hub. (DCC is making county roundabouts into wildflower areas)

Would you like to be part of this? Distribution will only be for a few weeks in the Spring. We are giving out the seeds from the Hub, Stanhope but could do with help to pack 7kgms of seed into small bags and attach information. If
you are interested in helping or being part of this project please contact Pam Forbes on 01388 517365 or 07867686727.

Our subscriptions run from January to December, if you would like to join or renew your subscription, just ask at any of our talks. Subscription is £10 per person or £15 for a couple and entitles you to attend all our talks and walks.


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. If you are interested in joining our steering group, please let us know, we are always looking for additional volunteers. 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' or on our facebook page. Please note, we have a no dog policy.


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 Trust Durham

Badger Group

Durham Bird Club

Darlington & Teesdale Naturalist's Field Club

Photography North Pennines AONB


Adder caught at Drigg, Cumbria 

Adder caught at Drigg, Cumbria while relocating reptiles