Spring Events with the Durham Wildlife Trust

For all events please contact the Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191 5843112 for further information.

Buzz on the Tyne Family Event, Tuesday 8 April

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Drop in to discover more about bees.  Build a bee home for your garden, take part in a bee trail around the museum and enjoy a range of bee crafts and activities.  Free event, no booking required.

This event is funded by the Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), supported through the Tyne & Wear Foundation.


Buzz on the Tyne at Bede’s World, Friday 11 April

Bede’s World, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Follow the bee trail around the museum grounds and see if we can spot any of the queen bees out finding their new nest sites.  Discover how you can make your back yard or garden more bee friendly and take some seed home to grow nectar rich plants for these valuable animals. There will be other bee crafts and activities indoors so drop in between 11.00 – 3.00pm.

Buzz on the Tyne Project is delivered by Durham Wildlife Trust with funding made available by the Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), supported through the Tyne & Wear Foundation.


Tree Detectives, Tuesday 15 April

Auckland Castle grounds, Bishop Auckland, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Come and investigate the giants of the castle grounds. Learn how to identify trees, measure the height and age and help us work out which of the Bishops lived in the castle when the trees were planted. Drop into the castle grounds between 11.00am – 3.00pm. Free event, no booking required.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Find us at the gazebo in the castle grounds. Please visit Castle website for information on parking http://aucklandcastle.org/


Our Woodland Wildlife, Sunday 20 April

Milkwellburn Woods, 10.00am – 12.00noon

Take an Easter walk in the woods to see the first flush of spring flowers and how the restoration of the site from conifers to native broadleaves is bringing the woodland back to life. Free event but booking is required. For more information or to book your place please call 0191 584 3112. Some slopes and uneven surfaces, walking boots recommended. Dogs on leads welcome. Please meet at the entrance to the wood.

International Dawn Chorus Day, Saturday 3 May

Rainton Meadows nature reserve, 5.00am – 7.00am

A chance to enjoy one of nature’s spectacles, but one that we usually sleep through! A joint event with Durham Bird Club, this is an opportunity to experience the dawn chorus at Joe’s Pond and Rainton Meadows with Paul Anderson from Durham Bird Club. Free event but booking is required. Fruit juice, cereal, and tea and coffee will be available to buy from the visitor centre afterwards. Book your place on 0191 584 3112. No dogs please.


Low Tide Day, Saturday 17 May    

Seaham Hall Beach car park, 11.00am – 3.00pm

DWT will be joining a host of other regional groups for a free, fun packed day on the beach organised by Durham Heritage Coast. There are loads of activities including guided walks, rockpooling (bring your wellies!), Mr Punch, Captain Raggy Beard’s pirate tales, Tommy Craggs chainsaw carving, medieval woodturners at work, plus music from Seaham Music Academy, facepainting,  badgemaking and other marine themed crafts. This event is supported by Limestone Landscapes Partnership. More information available on www.durhamheritagecoast.org/Pages/Events.aspx


Bird Song Identification, Sunday 18 May

Hawthorn Community Centre, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Ever wondered which bird it was you could hear singing? This is your chance to begin to develop your ID skills with a one day introductory session with experienced local ecologist Dean Heward. Aimed at the newcomer to bird song ID, this will be an informative and enjoyable day, beginning with an indoor session at the Village Hall followed by a walk down to DWT’s Hawthorn Dene nature reserve a short distance away. Thanks to support from the Limestone Landscapes project, this is a free event, but places are strictly limited so book early on 0191 5843112. Some slopes and uneven surfaces so walking boots recommended. Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own lunch.