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The Countryside of Durham

Discover the countryside of Durham on your doorstep or on holiday



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.

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Latest News

RSS News & Updates – Durham Wildlife Trust
  • My Wild 5 – Run, Walk, Move 5k Your Way 2nd July 2020
    2020 was due to be the 3rd annual Run Rainton, a 5k fun run around Durham Wildlife Trust’s flagship nature reserve, Rainton Meadows. In its first two years, Run Rainton has raised more than £3000 for the Trust, in addition to introducing new audiences to the reserve and just being a really fun and positive […]
  • A short Low Barns recce 19th June 2020
    Botany Group Blog – June 2020 The reserve is open and in order to support social distancing you have to walk one way around the main lake. No access to hides or other places – so simple and a clear way to reduce the risk of spreading this horrible virus. It takes up to an […]
  • Community feedback requested 15th June 2020
    On behalf of the Wear Catchment Partnership, Durham Wildlife Trust is carrying out a consultation on what people think about the woods, parks, streams and greenspaces around Lumley Park Burn and what could be done to make them better for wildlife and people. This includes places like Herrington Country Park, Rainton Meadows, Hetton Lyons Country Park, Penshaw Woods […]
  • These Jewels Are Back On The Wing! 10th June 2020
    We are delighted to report that this year’s emergence of the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies (SPBF) has occurred. These small and delicate butterflies are the rarest in the county and an example of how species on the brink of survival can, with the correct management, begin to recover. Only three sites in the county were […]
  • The Wildlife of Barnard Castle 10th June 2020
    by Rachel Richards, Wilderness Ranger Barnard Castle, or Barney as it is known locally, is a beautiful market town set on the banks of the River Tees. Public footpaths follow the river on both banks upstream (NW) towards Cotherstone and downstream (SE) towards Eggleston Abbey. Footpaths leading west head up Deepdale Beck into Deepdale Woods […]
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