Bishop Auckland & District

Wildlife and Environment

CONTACT:Cynthia, Edward, and Pauline
Email:Click on the bird
WHERE:Various venues but Zoom meetings during Covid restrictions
WHEN:Monthly - see below

We aim to hold one meeting a month. Our January meeting is an informal planning meeting and the remainder include walks and visits to observe the ecology of the area. Some visits are led by experts, others are self-guided. We look at wildlife, the environment including river systems, land management, nature reserves and SSSI's. We look at the impact and recovery of old industrial sites. We usually have a table at the monthly meeting and new events are announced at the meeting but in view of the ongoing Covid restrictions we have arranged some talks via Zoom instead. The 2021 Speaker Programme can be found in the Links section but below are the full details of our planned talks.

The first is a talk by Emily Routledge of Durham Wildlife Trust about the Trust's work in County Durham from the uplands to the coast and it will take place on Thursday 25 February at 10.30. The second is a talk by Mark Slaughter of Tees Valley Wildlife Trust about the restoration of water vole habitats. This will be on Tuesday 23 March again at 10.30 am. A third talk has been organised for Thursday, 8th April with Paula George of Durham County Council's Strategic Waste Management Department talking about what happens to our recycling and waste. Her talk will start at 10.30 with signing in from 10.00 am.

Another talk has been scheduled for Wednesday, 26th May with a 10.30 start. This is a talk by Dr Catherine Hirst entitled 'Getting into hot water: Geothermal energy explained'.

On Tuesday, 22nd June starting at 10.30 and subject to government restrictions we propose to meet at Low Barns and walk round the site in groups of six. Numbers will be limited so booking is essential.

Friday September 24th, 10 for 10.30 at Escomb Village Hall. A presentation by the Coal Authority about energy derived from mine water. To be followed in a couple of weeks by a site visit to the new Seaham Garden Village which will obtain its energy from geothermal mine water.

Tuesday 23rd, November there will be a talk by Karen Daglish, Seascapes Manager, Durham County Council. Information on the newly established Seascapes Project can be found on www.exploreseascapes.co.uk, by searching Seascapes on Durham Wildlife Trust’s website, or in DWT’s summer newsletter

The Wildlife and Environment trip to the Dumfries area of SW Scotland was agreed early 2020 but had to be postponed. The hotel booking was transferred to the 3rd October 2021. The trip will now be 3rd/4th October and cost £118 or £148 depending on room type. It includes return coach plus a visit to a haven for migrating birds, dinner B&B at the Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries, and a private tour of Dumfries House with a light lunch. More details can be found by clicking on the link.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Nov 23rd Escomb Village Hall at Escomb - A talk by Karen Daglish, Seascapes Manager, Durham County Council on the newly established Seascapes Project
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More Group Pages
Art & Architecture Bridge
Current Affairs French
Garden Visits Genealogy
IT Training Italian
Local History Poetry*
Reading Science, engineering & technol
Spanish String Band
Strollers Sunday Lunch Group
Ten Pin Bowling Theatre Visits
Walking (4-6 miles) Walking (6 - 8 miles)
Walking Cricket Wildlife and Environment