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Countryside and Wildlife

 
   
Lamesley Pastures
The Angel of the North from Lamesley Pastures Countryside Site

Did you know that over half of Gateshead is made up of Countryside?

The council cares for over 20 nature reserves and country parks for the benefit of people and wildlife. These wonderful places include ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows, ponds and riverbanks and most are just a bus ride away.

Our aim is to, "Conserve, enhance and promote our countryside for the benefit of people and wildlife."

There is lots to see and do in Gateshead's Countryside, you can take a
walk, watch wildlife and escape from the stresses of modern life. We produce a number of leaflets and most of these are available as downloads or are free from libraries & Visitor Centres. 

Countryside Volunteers
Gateshead Voluntary Countryside Rangers

Gateshead Voluntary Countryside Rangers.

If you want to get more involved in our work you can help us by joining 
Gateshead Voluntary Countryside Rangers. The Voluntary Rangers take part in a wide range of work such as tree planting or carrying out wildlife surveys.

  • Join Gateshead Voluntary Countryside Rangers 

 

Red Kites

The Northern Kites project, now ended, was one of the northeast's most high profile wildlife initiatives. The aim of the project was to return breeding red kites to the region after an absence of 170 years and to provide opportunities for people to enjoy and appreciate these spectacular birds. The project was the first in the world to re-introduce kites into a semi-urban environment in Gateshead's Derwent Valley.

The Friends of the Red Kites (FoRK) are still active promoting Red Kite and their conservation. To find out more, including information on events and how to become a Red Kites Volunteer visit the Friends of the Red Kites website|

News

Cafe at Thornley Woodlands Centre Open Every Day
The Cafe in the Woods at Thornley Woodlands Centre| is open every day from 11am to 3pm.

Under New Management

From Summer 2014 Durham Wildlife Trust will be taking over the management of 7 sites across Gateshead.

The sites are Lamesley Pastures, Cross Lane Meadows, Chopwell Meadows, Westfield Pastures (near Ryton) Addison Woodlands and Hedgefield Quarry, Barlow Burn (owned by SITA) and Shibdon Meadow.

The sites are being taken on a 30 year lease and a member of staff from the Wildlife Trust will oversee the management of the sites and encourage community involvement.

Councillor John McElroy the Council Cabinet Member for the Environment said, 'Durham Wildlife Trust is an organisation with valuable expertise and experience in managing important wildlife sites. This is a fantastic opportunity to stenghten Gateshead's links with the Trust and to help to safeguard the future of these significant areas. I look forward to seeing the Trust add to the Council's previous work on these sites for the benefit of both commuities and widllife conservation'. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Durham Wildlife Trust| and working on these sites contact the Trust on 0191 584 3112

Events

Childrens Events with Greeneye 
20th December
We will light the Yule logs and create some Christmas sparkle!
10am – 12 noon £5 per child £4 per second child.
Booking essential tel: 0790 522 7145  or email lizheech@yahoo.com|

Walk your way to health with the friends of the Red Kites
The Friends of Red Kites are continuing with FREE Health walks every Monday afternoon.

Walks start at 1.30pm until 3pm (approx 3 miles). New walkers please meet at 1.20pm to register. For more information on meeting points visit the health walks page on the Friends of Red Kites website.|

Wildlife images used on the countryside pages are courtesy of Darin Smith.

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