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.
Free activities for all the family every Tuesday in the School Holidays
at Thornley Woodlands Centre.
See events below for more information.
Under New Management
From the 1st June 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
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
Summer Fun for all the Family at Thornley Woodlands Centre
Free children's craft activities and birdwatching guidance with our Guide in the Hide
Every Tuesday - 22nd and 29th July
5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August
From 10.30am - 12.30noon and 1.30pm - 3pm
No booking required just turn up
For more info ring 01207 545212
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.