Tag: short eared owl

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 »

Spring Lek 2018

Over a series of mornings late in April a small number of conservationists gathered early morning on the Lek to watch and listen to the Black Grouse at full throttle. There were over forty black cock birds on the Lek on any given morning providing a tremendous display, at quite a volume.  We have added… Read more »

Creating new habitat

  Postponed for a month to allow for the weather to warm a little – and the ground to eventually thaw –  a group of Durham Wildlife Trust Young Volunteers spent a morning tree planting on the moor. The saplings have been planted in an area where Natural England believes it is possible for a… Read more »