Tag: lapwing

A promising time on the Uplands

Late Spring and early summer has been a busy time on the uplands of Upper Weardale. This time-lapse video shows the remarkable energy of the early morning Black Grouse on the Lek. By now of course many of the young birds hatched in May and early June are almost ready to leave the nest. Late… Read more »

Birds at risk

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 »

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

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 »