Durham Wildlife Trust

Credits: Hedgehogs by Antonio Barbaro
We are the local Wildlife Trust for County Durham, the Boroughs of Gateshead, South Tyneside, Darlington and the City of Sunderland.

Find a wildlife reserve near you

We look after 31 nature reserves. To find out where they are, what’s to see and what you can do there visit our website.

Watch Groups in this Trust

About Us

We look after nature reserves, work with other landowners to create a Living Landscape and we run lots of events and activities.

Find out more about local Watch groups you can join here.



We run lots of events, from holiday activities to walks and talks! See all upcoming events on our website.

Young Volunteers

We also run a young volunteers group for 12 – 18 year olds every Tuesday of the school holidays. More info here.


At Rainton Meadows and Low Barns we offer an exciting programme of safe, hands on activities designed to bring learning to life. The activities are designed to have strong links with core areas of the National Curriculum and sessions, adapted to your individual needs, are available for all Key Stages covering: habitats, invertebrates, adaptation, food chains, plants, sensory nature exploration and citizenship. Learn more here.


We run lots of different education projects with local children, for example the Derwent Valley Wildside Project which is capturing footage of wild animals on school grounds. To see some of the footage visit our youtube page.

To find out more about us visit our website.

Join Durham Wildlife Trust here.