Posted on 19th March 2020

We have been assessing the Covid-19 situation daily and are constantly
reviewing all of our planned events as well as taking sensible steps to protect
the health and safety of staff, volunteers and members of the public.


In line with government advice
on Coronavirus and reducing social interaction, we are cancelling all Tees
Valley Wildlife Trust school visits, events, booked activities and scheduled
volunteer tasks until further notice.

We will be reviewing this regularly as the situation develops.

Nature reserves

We are keeping our Nature Reserves open.

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Government gives badgers a reprieve

Posted on 6th March 2020

Wildlife Trusts delighted that vaccination gets priority in the fight against
bovine tuberculosis

Today the Government set out the next phase of
their strategy to combat bovine tuberculosis. The Wildlife Trusts – who have
campaigned for a halt to the badger cull ever since it began – are delighted
with the Government’s new approach.

Katherine Hawkins, The Wildlife Trusts’ senior
living landscape officer, says:

“We welcome the transition from culling to
vaccinating badgers – today’s announcement is really good news. It’s an open
acknowledgement that culling badgers to control bTB

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New report from Committee on Climate Change doesn’t go far enough

Posted on 27th January 2020

Wildlife Trusts are disappointed that the new report from the Committee
on Climate Change fails to recognise the full array of natural
solutions available in the UK, and their immense value for achieving net
zero emissions.

 The report also
fails to make the inextricable link between the climate and nature
crises we face. To combat one, we must address the

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Agriculture Bill returns with positive focus for nature and climate

Posted on 17th January 2020

Today marks the return of the landmark Agriculture Bill to Parliament.

work of farmers and land managers is crucial in fighting the nature and
climate emergency – by protecting soils to store carbon, creating
wildflower meadows for pollinators, improving the fortunes of farmland
wildlife like dormice and barn owls, and restoring uplands to

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High Speed Rail (H2S)

Posted on 15th January 2020

permanently damaged. Irreplaceable habitats destroyed. Taxpayer’s money
spent on restoration wasted. Wildlife extinctions at a local level.
This could be nature’s fate if the current plans for HS2 continue. 

the most comprehensive environmental assessment to date we can reveal
the sheer scale of potential damage from HS2.  Our report shows that the
deep cut HS2 will make across the landscape could stop nature’s
recovery in its tracks.

Given this evidence that the costs to nature are escalating, we’re urging

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General Election 2019: The results are in – so what does it mean for nature?

Posted on 13th December 2019

Concern for the environment is at a record high. Over a quarter of Britons now cite it as one of the top three issues facing the country. The amazing uprising of young people this year sparked a real awakening which political parties responded to at this election. Across the board, the manifestos contained more prominent, detailed and ambitious green commitments than ever before.

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East Cleveland Wildlife Gets New Funding Support for Wildlife@theEdges

Posted on 26th November 2019

The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has been awarded funding
support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Northumbrian Water’s Branch
Out Fund to engage people communities in learning about the importance of edge
habitats for wildlife.

Aerial views of the countryside show a mosaic of fields surrounded
by thin bordering edges: hedgerows, walls, field margins and road verges. These
edges are often the most important wildlife refuges and corridors in the
countryside and sustain plants, invertebrates, small mammals and birds.  This project will explore how ecologically

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Action for Insects

Posted on 18th November 2019

Take Action for Insects and help tackle this crisis

Insects may be small but they make up the bulk of known species on
earth. They are critical to the functioning of terrestrial and
freshwater ecosystems, performing vital roles such as pollination, seed
dispersal and nutrient cycling.

Insects are dying out up to 8 times faster than larger animals such
as birds, bats, fish, amphibians and lizards and 41% of insect species
face extinction according to a report by Professor Dave
Goulson commissioned for

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The general election: a chance to push for action

Posted on 4th November 2019

Thousands of people have been calling on Government to stand up for nature. This election is a chance to up the volume – and tell candidates that they must back an ambitious Environment Act.

It’s no big secret that we all depend on nature. It’s also no secret that nature is in deep trouble, in the UK as much as anywhere else. More than half of our species are in decline and the UK is now one of the most nature-depleted

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The Environment Bill – The Wildlife Trusts say nature cannot wait – cross party support needed

Posted on 16th October 2019

Today’s long-awaited publication of the Environment Bill is welcome but The Wildlife Trusts are concerned that the Bill must not be delayed further if we are to tackle the serious environmental challenges we face. Cross-party support is needed to trigger nature’s recovery.

The recent State of Nature Report revealed that one in seven species in the UK are at risk of extinction and 58% of species are in decline. The Wildlife Trusts have long-called for ambitious new laws to allow nature

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