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County Bird - Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix
A Summer Atlas of the Breeding Birds of County DurhamEdited by Keith Westerberg and Stephen Bowey 187 pages, b\w illus, tabs, maps. David Sowerbutts 2000
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Where to Watch Birds: Northeast Englandby Dave Britton & John Day [2nd Edition] Christopher Helm 2004 ?16.99p
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Durham Bird ClubWebsite
Durham Bird Club is an active organisation of about 320 members which aims to promote the enjoyment of birds by birdwatchers. The Club organises a series of indoor lectures, illustrated talks, and a varied programme of field trips and other events for its members. It also assists in many conservation projects around the county including the managing of Castle Lake reserve at Bishop Middleham. A quarterly magazine, The Lek, is published providing all the latest bird news, reports and in-depth articles on birding and conservation in Durham. An annual report is also published, Birds in Durham. This is the definitive account of all species recorded in the area, during the year in question, and is received by all members but copies may also be purchased by non-members. Details of membership can be obtained by contacting the club secretary: Derek Lawrence: mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 07957 541820
Durham Wildlife TrustWebsite
Durham Wildlife Trust's purpose is to protect wildlife and promote nature conservation in County Durham, the City of Sunderland and the Boroughs of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Darlington...
Friends of Red Kites in the North East of EnglandWebsite
The Friends Group was established in 2009 to encourages an active interest and community involvement in the protection and welfare of the red kite...
RSPB Durham Members GroupWebsite
Durham RSPB Members Group was formed in 1974. We aim to publicise the RSPB and raise funds for the Society`s conservation work. We also provide a full programme of Indoor and Outdoor events and welcome everyone from the interested novice to the experienced birdwatcher.
Summerhill (Hartlepool) Bird Club
Summerhill is a unique Country Park on the western edge of Hartlepool that since 1997 has been transformed for conservation and outdoor sports. The 100-acre site owned and managed by Hartlepool Borough Council was developed from a network of 8 fields in low-grade agriculture to create a Primary Gateway site in the Tees Community Forest...
Whitburn (Souter) Bird ObservatoryObservatory
An excellent place to look for migrants, with large areas of rough grass interspersed with large well vegetated mounds. The area which backs onto Shearwater housing estate is traditionally a migrant hotspot, but respect the privacy of the houses here. The Observatory is a stone-built seawatching hide between the coastal park and the firing range. Keys are available for purchase from the National Trust shop at nearby Souter Lighthouse, but local seawatchers are usually present from first light on good days of passage. The Observatory has an enviable list of seabird records and all the latest seawatching news can be checked via the Trektellen website: http://www.trektellen.nl/
Cassop Vale National Nature ReserveWebsite
Cassop Vale is without doubt the most varied wildlife site on County Durham's Magnesian Limestone. It is home to a rich and distinctive group of plants and insects...
Castle Lake ReserveSatellite View
Castle Lake Vale is the county’s premier inland wetland site. Created relatively recently by a combination of mining activity and control of water levels on adjacent rivers, the whole area now holds a wide range of farmland and wetland birds. Important populations of Corn Buntings, Yellow Wagtails, Tree Sparrows and Grey Partridges grace the fields and hedges, whilst the lake itself attracts many resident and migratory wildfowl and waders. Almost 170 species have been seen in the first ten years, including a growing list of quality rarities, and a new hide provides grandstand views over the lake and surrounding farmland. The site is managed by the Durham Bird Club in co-operation with the land owners and Northumbrian Water. Access is by public footpath from Bishop Middleham village.
Mid-Wear Wetlands ProjectWebsite
The Mid-Wear Wetland project is an environmental conservation project developed from an idea, from one of the Mid- Wear team members. Who was concerned with one of the sites called... ...Page Bank pond. Realising that there were a number of wetland sites along the Mid- Wear, Durham Bird Club and the Durham Wildlife Trust were approached.
Waskerley, Smiddyshaw & Hisehope ReservoirsInformation
Waskerley, Smiddyshaw and Hisehope are upland reservoirs situated amongst wild moorland at the top of the Derwent Valley. Waskerley and Smiddyshaw are situated at an altitude of 350 metres and Hisehope at 340 metres, offering stunning views over Muggleswick Common and distant moorland...
2008 [September] - Nick Mason - Durham and the Tees EstuaryReport
murky morning cleared as we headed east again to Hartlepool Headland, a small promontory at the north end of the town. One of the best migrant and seawatching hotspots in the region, the Headland is always worth a visit during spring and autumn migration. Arriving on the Headland, we quickly spotted a few members of Teesmouth Bird Club, who helpfully filled us in with the few morning sightings. Over the rest of the morning we walked the seaward promenade as the tide rose. Turnstone and Grey Plover picking through the seaweed-covered rocks were slowly replaced by Eiders, a preening Common Scoter, Red-throated Diver and Cormorant...
2009 [April] - Nick Mason - North Pennines (Durham)Report
6 am saw us watching 15 male Black Grouse lekking close to the car as the sun rose up into a cloudless sky. The still air helped the bubbling and spitting calls of the grouse fill their bowl-like display arena and appeared to hold the attention of the gaggle of seven female Black Grouse standing close to the edge of the lek.
2009 [May] - Nick Mason - North East England (Northumberland, Durham & Cleveland)Report
Bright sunshine and a gentle easterly greeted our arrival at Seahouses on the Northumberland coast. A quick look at the harbour rocks gave us Oystercatcher and Turnstone. The dual island boat trip headed out to Staple Island first, with hundreds of auks giving great views from the boat as we approached their nesting rock stacks.
Boot and Shoe CottageAccommodation
The historic Boot & Shoe Cottage lies on the southern bank of the River Tees at an ancient river crossing from Yorkshire into Durham. The cottage, once a cobblers and pub, has now been restored to a high standard with original wall cupboards, beams and fireplaces retained. Birders welcomed!
Five Gables CottageAccommodation
The North Yorks Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, and the coasts of both Yorkshire and Northumberland are within an hour's drive... Tel: +44 (0)1388 608204
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This group is for everyone interested in birds and birding in North East England (Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Cleveland, North Yorkshire). It is a discussion forum for all aspects of birding - sightings, trip reports, census work, personality profiles, bird race and Big Day records, lists - and jokes. Although its primary focus is birding in the North East, all other bird-related topics are welcome. However, this is NOT a forum for character assassination, slander or libel.
A Waldridge NaturalistBlog
Moved adjacent to Waldridge Fell over 10 years ago but amazingly have done relatively little in exploring the natural history on my doorstep. This Blog will change that !
Bishop Middleham BirdingBlog
Neil Fawcett’s online record of birds seen in and around the village of Bishop Middleham, County Durham.
Col's Digiscope BlogBlog
This blog shows my photos taken through digiscoping and are mainly of birds in the North East of England, which has been my main interest for the last 3 years.
Durham Birder – Adventures in Wildlife WatchingBlog
ason Thompson’s blog covering his wildlife watching in the Sunderland area.
Foghorn's Birding AdventuresBlog
Andrew Kinghorn is 19 years old and lives in County Durham. His favourte bird is the White-tailed Eagle. He is a University student and also a Christian and really loves his birding….
South Tyneside BirderBlog
Steve Egglestone was born and bred in South Tyneside and returned nearly 9 years ago after living in Northumberland for over 17 years. His blog covers the South Shields beaches and migration hot-spots.
Durham Biodiversity PartnershipWebsite
Many organisations in the Durham area are working together to protect our most important wildlife...
Photographer - John BridgesGallery
I was advised, because of health issues regarding a blocked artery in my left leg, to walk everyday or risk losing the leg which, to be honest, I quite like attached to the rest of my body. Having to walk on a daily basis meant I needed motivation, so at the age of 55 I decided to take up photography again after many, many years away from the hobby. The images in these galleries are mostly as a result of my daily walks. I enjoy my photography immensely and allowing my pictures to be used for free adds to the pleasure of taking them...
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