Dip into the world of dabbling ducks

Posted on 8th January 2020

Winter is a
wonderful time to see wildlife, particularly for fans of our feathered friends.
As the cold grip of the Arctic winter takes hold on the lakes, pools and
marshes of Northern Europe and Russia, huge numbers of swans, ducks and geese
retreat to the relative warmth of the UK. Our lakes, rivers, reservoirs and
coasts are a winter home for an estimated 2.1 million ducks!

Ducks can
be split into two broad groups: dabblers and divers. As the name suggests,
diving ducks feed mainly by diving

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12 Days of Wild Christmas!

Posted on 5th December 2019

Get closer
to nature this Christmas, with our winter wildlife challenge

Every June
we challenge you to try 30 Days Wild, doing one wild thing a day throughout the
month. We call these wild things “Random Acts of Wildness”, and they can be as
simple as watching a bird from your window, or as adventurous as exploring a
new wild place. At the end of June, we set the challenge to stay wild with your
Wildlife Trust for the rest of the year.

But keeping up with

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25 years of support

Posted on 11th November 2019

The Wildlife Trusts National Partnerships Manager Ellen Kinsley looks at some of the highlights from 25 years of support from The National Lottery.

November, The National Lottery celebrates its 25th birthday! To mark
this special anniversary, we’re reflecting on some of the amazing things that
have been achieved for wildlife, wild places and people across the UK, thanks
to the support of The National Lottery.

Since the
first draw in 1994, The National Lottery has raised over £40 billion for good
causes, including more than 840

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Wild and well

Posted on 15th October 2019

Volunteering for The Wildlife Trusts isn’t just great for wildlife, it’s good for you too, as nature and wellbeing manager, Dom Higgins explains.

Volunteers are incredible people. Where would The Wildlife Trusts be without them? They help us to manage our nature reserves, run events, raise vital funds for conservation work and inspire countless people to take action for nature. By giving up their time they have chosen to help local wildlife and wild places to recover and thrive.

Good for nature,

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A network of marine protection needed to save our seas!

Posted on 17th July 2019

Amazing marine wildlife experiences are sought after the world over. Be it swimming with great white sharks in South Africa or snorkelling with jellyfish in the Lakes of Palau, people flock to marvel at all the weird and wonderful creatures living in our seas. But these experiences are not just limited to distant, exotic countries with an endless supply of sunshine. From stunning blue-rayed limpets and velvet swimming crabs found on our shores, to the world’s second biggest fish, the

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The 30 Days Wild experience

Posted on 25th June 2019

Each June, The Wildlife Trusts challenge you to do one wild thing a day for 30 days. Last year around 360,000 people took part, completing millions of Random Acts of Wildness.  Every one of these Random Acts of Wildness tells its own story, from heroic litter picks and epic sagas of wild walks, to calming tales of forest bathing, stargazing and cloud watching.

We asked some of last year’s participants to share their own 30 Days Wild stories.

Kim’s story

Kim and her

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Lana’s Week

Posted on 31st March 2017

I am a second year Marine Biology student at Newcastle University and for my research and employability skills module I was required to undertake a week long placement. Many placements were offered all over the country and I chose to complete mine with the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust where I worked with Steve Ashton the people and wildlife manager.

My project for the week was to create a guide to the wading and coastal birds of Redcar. I had never visited

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Batty Internship

Posted on 10th March 2017

Starting my internship at the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is probably one of the scariest things I have ever done (even surpassing the move to university, abseiling into a seemingly bottomless pit and jumping out of a plane). New places, people and the unknown unsettles me and this adventure involved moving to a place I’d never even visited before, to help with something I knew relatively little about with people who I’d never met. But I’ve got to say it

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Week 2

Posted on 23rd January 2017

To begin my second week as a project assistant intern, my first site visit was to Railway Wood in Roseworth. Within my first blog, I noted that there had been some vandalism that had occurred in the area. However, the Trust were easily able to correct this and the atmosphere throughout the morning was incredibly positive. The Trust are persistent with their work despite any minor setbacks. Their consistent efforts and refusal to give up is one of the many

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Portrack Marsh Murmuration

Posted on 18th January 2017

I had been to a River Tees Rediscovered meeting at the Tees Barrage and it finished around 4ish and though I would wander over to Portrack Marsh to see if I could see the starling murmuration. At first I could see small groups of starlings flying in various directions and then I saw a very large group that all these smaller groups were joining. Initially the large group ranged across the skyline but eventually concentrated over the reserve swirling, splitting

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