Living Uplands is principally focused on the sixth most endangered bird in the UK, the Black Grouse. The Black Grouse are best known for the males gathering on what is known as a ‘lek’. Males gather on the lek and display their feathers to attact a mate, particularly in April & May.

Living Uplands will provide teachers with a FREE cross-curricular education project which will be regularly updated. This offers schools the opportunity to bring nature into their classrooms. Starting with the drama of the Black Grouse lek, this project links directly to Keystage 1 & 2 curriculum and is an effective way to enhance Science and Literacy skills, and to promote pupil creativity and confidence.

There are pictures and videos, and we are planning a live webcam of Black Grouse resting after an arduous morning on the lek. This educational project will provide children and teachers a window into the upland moorlands and to see birdlife at first hand.

For access to the educational resources, a school needs only to register with the site. This provides full access to the online resource.

Durham Wildlife Trust is keen to develop this site further, and schools’ feedback will be invaluable.

Durham Wildlife Trust would like to thank the farm owner who has made this project possible. For the security of the Black Grouse population our partner has remained anonymous.

Recent Updates

Summer is on its way.

May 16th, 2016

Through the spring we had a MammalCam in the woods. Where the hare, badger and squirrel rummaged around at night. When Spring arrived a feeder was placed close to the farm, and birds arrived quickly. First Grouse. Pheasant too. And with Summer on the way, the Black Grouse are back on the lek, from before… Read more »

Spring is coming

February 15th, 2016

It is still very cold on the moor, and wet. Since last October there has been a Mammal Cam placed in pastures, part of a Durham Wildlife Trustproject. You can see more on the Durham Wildlife Trust website here. In the Autumn there were lots of visitors to the pastures, at all times of the… Read more »

Join in and learn about the Living Uplands

October 7th, 2015

Prepare young learners for the Living Uplands springing into life in 2016. Our learning resources provide lots of ways to learn about life on the moors of the North East. Life starts to slow down through Autumn and into Winter on the moor, before Spring sees the cycle of new life start all over again…. Read more »

The story begins…

June 23rd, 2015

Living Uplands started with the idea of sharing the life of the Black Grouse with schools in the North East of England. That progressed from some photos taken in June 2015 of ground nesting birds and wildlife, notes on a bit of paper, and most recently to this website with its dedicated School Zone teaching… Read more »