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.


Our next talk is the State of the Badger on April 18th. Victoria is the Badger Trusts Research Coordinator and she will tell us about their  project, which aims to determine how many badgers remain following the cull. This talk is at Harehope Quarry, Frosterley.


We have now finalised the 2024 programme, please see the calendar for details of all the events. If you have any suggestions for walks or talk, please let us know, our contact details are at the bottom of this page.


Please feel free to send us your favourite pictures of wildlife (using the WWG email address, which is near the bottom of this page).



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 events. Our email is enquiries@weardalewildlifegroup.co.uk or check out our facebook page. Please feel free to send images for our photo gallery. Please note, we have a no dog policy.


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


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



Other sites you may be interested in:


Events at Bowlees

(includes events for the Young Naturalist)



Wear River Trust

Durham Bird Club

Darlington & Teesdale Naturalist's Field Club

Photography North Pennines AONB