Welcome to the Weardale Wildlife Group


We had a great year in 2018 and are now looking forward to what we have planned for 2019. The first talk of the year is an update on the Red Kite project in February followed by Colin Jewitt, who was named Countryman of the Year in 1998 and will talk about the creation of Ladycross Quarry. Please see our events page for more detail and other talks coming up. 


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