The Living Uplands project was founded to focus attention 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 offers  teachers  a FREE cross-curricular education pack, bringing nature to the classroom. This offers schools the opportunity to bring nature into their classrooms. With particular focus on 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 occasional blog pieces on life on the Durham moors. This educational project will provide children and teachers a window into the upland moorlands and to see birdlife at first hand.

For access to our FREE 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  remains anonymous.

Recent Updates

What’s beneath the surface?

June 10th, 2019

Our minds are conditioned by what we see of the landscape around us. Beneath the surface is geology that conditions the world above. At the end of June 2019 the British Cave Research Association (BCRA) and The North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark (NPUGG) will meet at Nenthead, near the watershed between the Tyne and Wear rivers,… Read more »

Birds at risk

June 3rd, 2019

A group of Young Volunteers from Durham Wildlife Trust has completed the first weekend of bird monitoring on our Upland, the third successive year. As we noted previously the mild winter and decent spring is a significant improvement on the difficult conditions ground nesting birds faced in 2018. With anticipation our team went to the… Read more »

Hopes for better weather and healthier breeding season in 2019

April 25th, 2019

It was a miserable year for birdlife on the upland in 2018, but there is hope for a better 2019. Last year’s bitterly cold winter, late spring, and scorching summer meant the breeding pattern for our birdlife was severely disrupted. As a consequence nests had fewer eggs – for example, curlew had perhaps only two… Read more »

A wet Spring and dry Summer has impacted on Weardale’s birdlife.

September 17th, 2018

For Red Grouse the combination of a late cold Spring left hens in poor condition when nesting, not least by the near total failure of cotton grass which is a major source of spring protein for grouse. The exceptionally warm dry Summer that followed reduced the insect population on which new grouse chicks feed.  The… Read more »