An initial response to the EU Referendum result:

Posted on 24th June 2016

With the EU Referendum over, the challenges faced by the UK’s wildlife are as great as they have ever been. Wildlife is under real pressure from intensive land use and sometimes insensitive development on land and at sea. Our lives are becoming more remote from the natural world.

It is time to focus on the future of our natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. To concentrate on what a healthy natural environment can do for us and what

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EU Referendum: Questions to ask

Posted on 20th June 2016

If you care about wildlife, you may want to ask any canvassers you meet some questions.



To Canvassers promoting Remain


If I promise to vote Remain, will you promise if the UK stays in the EU, to:

1. Support existing EU Nature Directives actively at a European level and ensure good implementation in the UK?
[There is great pressure for deregulation both in the UK and at EU levels]

2. Implement EU laws well to ensure protection of our marine wildlife?
[At last we are seeing

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The ‘Bug Man’ is back by popular demand

Posted on 17th June 2016

George McGavin, TV wildlife presenter and resident ‘bug man’ on BBC 1’s The One Show, is set to return to Newcastle next month to host the 2016 North East Wildlife Photography Competition Awards Ceremony.

George proved to be such a big hit when he hosted last year’s awards ceremony, entertaining the audience with tales of his wildlife filming experiences, the organisers didn’t think twice about inviting him back to host this year’s ceremony on Thursday 14 July,

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Many of our most special wild places are protected by European legislation.

Posted on 13th June 2016

Here are just a few examples and stories of wildlife and wild places that have benefited from this extra layer of environmental protection.

30 years ago, if Jeremy had fallen in the river then he’d have been more worried about being poisoned than drowned! A 1980s trawl survey found just one fish in the Billingham reach of the Tees, and that was a diseased flounder. Things didn’t start improving until an EU directive about pollution control in urban waste water was implemented in the

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Wildlife is too important to ignore in the EU referendum debate

Posted on 6th June 2016


On Thursday 23 June, everyone over the age of 18 has a vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

What does this referendum mean for wildlife?
The risks faced by wildlife are growing every day. Our wildlife is under real pressure from insensitive built development and infrastructure, over-intensive agriculture and fisheries. This is not a problem the UK faces in isolation. Migratory birds, insects and marine wildlife all cross borders; as does pollution. The risks are mounting and there is

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Wild Life Skills

Posted on 20th May 2016

We have recently finished a 12 week project involving young adults aged 18-25 from Middlesbrough. This project aimed to use the unique benefits of conservation volunteering in natural green spaces to improve the health and well-being of these individuals and allow them to gain valuable transferable skills in order to improve their chances of gaining long-term employment.

The project was comprised of 12 conservation sessions and 12 workshops totalling 24 sessions over 12 weeks. The conservation sessions allowed them to discover

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Award winning botanical artist to give botanical sketching workshops for beginners

Posted on 16th May 2016

The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has secured the services of the multiple Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medallist and internationally-recognised botanical artist Martin Allen to give three one-day workshops in botanical field-sketching for beginners.

The workshops will focus on the wildflowers and trees of local woodlands. “We are really fortunate that Martin can give his time to encourage people to develop new skills and an interest in plants through drawing” said Kate Bartram of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust. People who attend

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Celebrating Sir David Attenborough at 90: Decades of devotion to UK wildlife

Posted on 6th May 2016


The Wildlife Trusts thank David for being the UK’s great supporter of the wild world

While the majority may know him best from his television programmes, The Wildlife Trusts are keen for the nation to recognise Sir David’s dedication to nature conservation in the UK over more than five decades.

The Wildlife Trusts will be celebrating key moments online – from Sir David’s opening of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Gibraltar Point visitor centre in 1974; and the success of the British Wildlife

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Celebrating East Cleveland’s Ancient Woodlands

Posted on 6th May 2016

Today the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is launching a new project in the East Cleveland area to capture the changing seasons of its ancient woodlands. Funded by National Lottery, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Trust hopes to encourage local people to visit three ancient woodlands over a twelve month period and to quietly sense the sights, sounds, smells and textures of these remarkable ecosystems.  The woodlands being used for the project are the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust Reserve at

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Wildlife-friendly approach wins Business Charity Award

Posted on 25th April 2016

Wildlife-friendly approach wins Business Charity Award

Vine House Farm awarded Third Sector’s Charity Partnership Small Business Award

A wildlife-friendly farmer’s efforts in contributing towards the conservation of UK wildlife have been recognised with an accolade at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2016.

Vine House Farm picked up the ‘Charity Partnership Small Business Award’ for its achievements and the impacts its partnership with The Wildlife Trusts is having on wildlife in the UK.

Fourth-generation farmer Nicholas Watts has been working the land at Vine

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