How to identify owls

Owls are some of our most captivating birds. Their love of hunting at dawn, dusk and even in the dark gives them a sense of mystery. With a good view, it’s easy to tell an owl from any other bird of prey thanks to their large head with big, forward-facing eyes. But how do...

Group photo of Roseworth Locals at a community event.

Roseworth Wildlife Garden Champions

Roseworth estate in Stockton has become a haven for wildlife as residents sign up to become ‘Wildlife Garden Champions‘. The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has joined up with the Roseworth Big Local to engage residents in activities that will help them bring wildlife into their gardens, in turn bringing them closer to nature. Over...

A photo of three volunteers working on one of Tees Valley Nature Partnerships grant success stories.

Community Grant Successes

The Community Grant, administered through Tees Valley Nature Partnership (TVNP), provides small pots of funding to support community organisations in the Tees Valley. The aim is to increase participation in nature and/or the outdoors. The funding enables small local groups to fund work that other grant schemes might not cover. It can also supplement...

A male great crested newt with warty skin, orange underbelly, dark spots and a white flash down its tail.

The Great Crested Newt

The great crested newt has had a really hard time over the last century. This began with the loss of farm ponds that were no longer needed for watering livestock or other farming operations. Newts moved to industrial ponds within brickworks, tilery ponds, gravel pits and water storage reservoirs at airfields and mines. By...

Mammal mysteries

Have you spotted any mysterious tracks or unexplained droppings? Solve the case with some tips from Darren Tansley, the Mammal Detective. Mammals are all around us, from mice and voles to deer and foxes. They’re on our nature reserves, in our parks, and even in our gardens. But how often do you see them?...

Photo of three small dogs next to a sign saying they pledge to be the best and let wildlife rest.

Good dogs love wildlife too!

Good dogs and their owners benefit from walkies amongst nature. In the Tees Valley, we are lucky to have access to so many nature reserves, green spaces and coastal stretches. But there is sometimes a conservation cost to this activity, such as disturbance to wild birds and mammals. These issues are much harder to...

Portrack in the snow

12 Days Wild 2021

A midwinter nature challenge  12 Days Wild is our festive nature challenge, encouraging you to do one wild thing a day from the 25th December to the 5th January. In those weird days between Christmas and New Year, winter wildlife is just waiting to be explored! Your wild acts could be little things to help nature – like recycling your Christmas tree or feeding the...

Pools and bog peatland at dawn, Flow Country, Scotland, June

We need an immediate end to peat sales

Peat used in our compost is dug out of wild places, damaging some of the last remaining peatlands in the UK and overseas. This process also releases carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating climate change. Ten years ago, the Government set a voluntary target for the horticulture sector to stop selling peat compost to gardeners by 2020. But...