24th September 2017, 10:00am3:00pm

Why your wildlife records matter

Paul Stevens explains why your wildlife sightings are needed, what happens to your records once they go to ERIC NE (Environmental Records Information Centre North East) and how they are used by
conservationists and planners.
Capturing Our Coast: campaigns, baselines and investigations
The Capturing Our Coast project, launched in January 2016, is a UK wide coastal citizen science project, building on the success of the Big Sea Survey. Dr Jacqui Pocklington explains how you can get involved and have a good excuse for spending more time on our beautiful coast.
Could you be an invertebrate champion?
The diversity of invertebrates in the North East is amazing, but there are not many people who have the specialist knowledge to identify many of the species. Malcolm Birtle of the Cleveland Naturalists’ Field Club explains ways that non-specialists can contribute to recording invertebrates.
How are our bees doing?
Jim Turnbull, member of Cleveland Beekeepers Association, discusses his passion for bees, the
challenges that are facing our wild bees and what we can do about it.
Where the wild things were
Over the past two years, Kate Bartram of the Tees Wildlife Trust has been gathering memories of the rural childhoods of East Cleveland’s older residents. Gathering these early memories of nature will build better
understanding of past distributions of wildlife and how they link with today’s biodiversity and a valuable record of the experiences of what is perhaps the last generation of children who were “allowed” to roam freely in their local countryside.
A year in the life of the oak tree
What can be gained by observing a single tree throughout the seasons? Inspired by the national Track a Tree project, Sue Antrobus has been following three different oak trees near her home, with some surprising results.
Coastal and wading birds of the Tees
Jacky Watson introduces our exciting new Tees Valley Wildlife Trust project to raise the profile of these birds and reduce disturbance to their habitats.
How volunteer groups are monitoring the health of our rivers and streams
The Tees Rivers Trust have been training volunteers across the Tees Valley to carry out monitoring of our rivers and streams by recording populations of riverflies. Sara Cox of the Tees Rivers Trust explains how these species are very sensitive to pollution and are therefore good indicators of water quality and how you can get involved.

Location and Directions


Preston Park Museum, Stockton TS18 3RH, Stockton on Tees, TS18 3RH