Welcome to the Weardale Wildlife Group


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. We have had a great year and finished with a willow weaving workshop, which everyone enjoyed and we all went home with some really good pieces. We have some events planned for next year, the first being an update on the Red Kite project on February 19th 2019. The talks up to May are detailed on our events page of this website and we will add others when they are confirmed. 


Our subscriptions run from January to December, so it is a really good time to join. We do not hold a talk in January, so if you would like to join or renew your subscription, the first opportunity will be February 2019. Otherwise, just ask at any of our talks. Subscription at present has not changed and 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


Black Grouse

Black Grouse seen 20/1/18 at Hawkwellhead