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The Countryside of Durham

Discover the countryside of Durham on your doorstep or on holiday


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Parks, coast and countryside
Information at Durham County Council also including outdoor activities.

Enjoy Durham's Great Outdoors
This is Durham presents a wide variety of information with natural wonders and things to do.

Durham Wildlife Trust
Conserving Wildlife from Tees to Tyne. Find out about their reserves and its wildlife.

Durham Landscape
Understanding and conserving the diversity of the County Durham Landscape...

Durham Local Group - RSPB
RSPB local groups are a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people...

CPRE Durham
Standing up for the countryside in the County of Durham.

SSSIs in County Durham
Extensive list and further details of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Durham's National Nature Reserves
Durham's NNR designations at

LNRs in County Durham
The Local Nature Reserve designations in Durham.

North Pennines AONB
Discover a diverse range of countryside at this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Parks and open spaces in Durham
Information at Wikipedia with subcategories of Country Parks & Gardens.

Nature Reserves in County Durham
Information at Wikipedia with details of each site.

Sponsored Listings
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CoolStays in County Durham

Shepherds Huts, a Country House or a Cottage right on the banks of the River Tees, find holiday accommodation you'll never forget.

Latest News

  • Wilderness Ranger Sets Out to Inspire

    The Trust has taken on a new member of staff to promote its recently-refurbished visitor centre at the Low Barns nature reserve. Located near to the picturesque village of Witton-le-Wear, Low Barns sits on the banks of the River Wear. The old farm buildings that give the site its name are now a visitor centre

  • Flock joins the Rainton Meadows grazing team

    We have some new additions to Rainton Meadows. A flock of 30 to be precise.  These welsh black and Hebridean cross sheep will be grazing across three fields from January to March this year. The sheep are owned by a local grazier who also grazes Herrington Hill and Cross Lane Meadows nature reserves for the

  • Christmas Opening Hours

    *Important information* Please see details below on Christmas opening at Rainton Meadows and Low Barns Rainton Meadows Christmas Eve –centre and café close at 1.30pm and site barrier locked at 2pm Christmas Day – site and centre closed Boxing Day – site and centre closed New Year’s Day – site and centre closed Low Barns

  • Young Green Leaders Practice What They Preach

    Durham Wildlife Trust has been awarded a grant to further develop its tree-planting at a new County Durham wood and a group of local schoolchildren helped mark its third anniversary. Three years ago, a group of children from Tow Law Millennium School were the first to begin the planting of a new woodland at Thornley

  • Trust statement following the death of David Bellamy.

    Durham Wildlife Trust is very saddened to hear the news about David Bellamy’s passing and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. David was instrumental in founding Durham Wildlife Trust almost fifty years ago. He was the Trust President for many years and more recently held the position of Trust Patron.

  • 12 Days of Wild Christmas

    Get closer to nature this Christmas, with our winter wildlife challenge Every June we challenge you to try 30 Days Wild, doing one wild thing a day throughout the month. We call these wild things “Random Acts of Wildness”, and they can be as simple as watching a bird from your window, or as adventurous

  • How To Have An Eco-Christmas

    Whether you celebrate a big family Christmas, or you just give out a few cards to your friends and neighbours to wish them a happy time, here are some quick tips for a greener Christmas! Gifts Buying gifts can be a challenge at the best of times, but don’t panic! Making sure you give planet-friendly

  • Botany Group Bryophyte Walk

    Bryophyte walk at Castle Eden Dene, Sun. 24th November 2019, report by Lesley Hodgson After the relentless rain of the last few weeks, it was quite a relief to rise on Sunday morning and realise that it was not raining! Conditions were damp, but not particularly cold, and an enthusiastic group set out from Oakerdene

  • Wildlife Gardening in Winter

    We thought it would be useful to share some interesting and useful advice from our bird food partner, Vine House Farm, for anyone with a wildlife garden – or indeed anyone thinking about making their garden more wildlife friendly for the first time. So this is what they had to say . . . Autumn

  • Fungi Friday’s Fantastic Results

    There was a great turn out for the Fungi training day at Black Plantation, as volunteers from Rainton Meadows and Low Barns attended the annual event. The event was held by Doug McCutcheon, who is an expert on Fungi and led the training day to help volunteers learn about the complex group of organisms. On

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