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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|


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 including Easter Weekend!

Advance Notice of the Closure of Lockhaugh Access Track
From the 12th May the access to the Far Pasture Wetland and Hide will be closed for one month to enable access improvements to the track to take place.

Fencing at Cross Lane Meadows
For more information on recent work at Cross Lane Meadows in Swalwell see the Cross Lane Meadows| page.


Photographic Exhibition
Emily Faulkner is holding a photographic Exhibition at Thornley Woodlands Centre until the 2nd May.


Childrens Events with Greeneye
First Saturday of the month except August & December
10am – 12 noon £5 per child £4 per second child
Booking essential tel 0790 522 7145 or email
May 3rd - Flowers and Flags
Celebrate spring by making and waving a Flowery Flag!

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

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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