Waterways project aims to clean up streams

The Northern Echo: Grant for reserve work

1:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WATERWAYS project held a fun day with a serious message in Darlington.

Warning over illegal fishing

The Northern Echo: Environment Agency inspect beck

5:44pm Monday 14th April 2014

ELEVEN people have been caught illegally fishing  in the North-East since the coarse fish close season began last month, the Environment Agency has said.

Two-tone Harley - the 50m-to-one mutant

The Northern Echo: Aquarist Amy McFarlane with Harley, centre, flanked by his two moults.

12:57pm Thursday 10th April 2014

TWO-tone lobster Harley Quinn is something of a split personality.

Butterfly numbers on the up

The Northern Echo: High brown fritillary - photo by Tim Melling, Butterfly Conservation

10:34am Wednesday 9th April 2014

UK butterflies rallied last summer following their worst year on record, but numbers were still below average, a study has revealed.

Redcar MP backs rival high speed train scheme that promises more for the North

The Northern Echo: Redcar MP urges New Marske residents to have their say

6:35pm Friday 4th April 2014

AN MP has broken ranks by urging ministers to explore a rival high-speed rail scheme which promises bigger benefits to the North-East.

Mild winter and greater variety of food leads to changes in RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch top ten

The Northern Echo: Goldfinch

12:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

A MILD winter and a change in the food provided has led to some significant changes in the number and varieties of birds visiting the regions gardens.

Two Durham bird watchers among quartet embarking on 300-mile walk in name of the turtle dove

The Northern Echo: Jonny Rankin

5:06pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

IT'S called Dove Step and it will involve four bird watchers walking 300 miles to the North-East.

Campaign launched to save North Yorkshire's Barn Owls

The Northern Echo: Wildlife on "threatened land" in West Cornwall protected forever

10:54am Tuesday 25th March 2014

ONCE a common sight gliding over fields and country roads, the barn owl is in decline.

Campaign to preserve Caterhouse Pit as nature area

The Northern Echo: TALKING TO SMALL FIRMS: Councillor Mark Wilkes

11:29am Tuesday 25th March 2014

A CAMPAIGN has been launched for a parcel of land to be declared a nature reserve, saving it from any future housing development.

Seaham, Seaton Carew, Staithes and Scarborough beaches could fall foul of new EU directives

The Northern Echo: Staithes harbour. Picture: Andy Redhead

7:55pm Sunday 16th March 2014

FOUR North beaches are included on a blacklist of areas that face being declared unfit for bathing.

Mild weather sees puffins return earlier to the Farne Islands

The Northern Echo: REG  David Steel, lead Ranger for the National Trust, with a Farnes puffin on an earlier occasion.

7:08pm Thursday 13th March 2014

PUFFINS have started to return to their breeding grounds on the Farne Islands two weeks early thanks to the milder spring temperatures.

Plea from Thirsk rescue centre to those who try to help injured foxes

The Northern Echo: Young foxes can become imprinted on their human carers.

6:06pm Monday 10th March 2014

A WILDLIFE rescue charity has issued a heartfelt plea to people who take in a care for injured, sick or orphaned foxes.

RSPB urges North East to look out for endangered hen harrier

The Northern Echo: A male Hen Harrier in flight

5:44pm Monday 10th March 2014

PEOPLE across the region are being urged to keep an eye out for one of England’s most threatened birds of prey.

Nature lovers get ready to celebrate RSPB Saltholme's fifth anniversary

The Northern Echo: Saltholme

6:59pm Thursday 6th March 2014

THIS week marks RSPB Saltholme's fifth anniversary.

Thousands of North-East homes at "significant risk" of flooding

The Northern Echo: Fire crews try to pump water out of properties at Burnside Grove, Stockton in 2012.

5:27pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

THOUSANDS of homes across the region are at significant risk of flooding, it has been revealed.

Extra three to eight billion barrels of oil could be extracted from the North Sea oilfields, Durham University expert says

The Northern Echo: An oil rig like this was proposed for Poole Bay

2:45pm Monday 24th February 2014

AN extra three to eight billion barrels of oil could be extracted from the North Sea oilfields, but only with significant investment, according to a Durham University expert.

Darlington designer Giles Deacon swaps catwalk for bird box to promote RSPB campaign

The Northern Echo: Giles Deacon's nestbox

12:00am Friday 14th February 2014

COUNTY Durham fashion designer Giles Deacon swapped the catwalk for the bird box to help the RSPB promote one of its campaigns.

National Park Authority vows to fight Government plans to allow greater flexibility in converting barns to commercial units

The Northern Echo: Landscape of the Yorkshire Dales

7:30pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

A NATIONAL park authority has voted to block Government planning rules that allow disused Dales barns to be converted into small business units.

Rare bird spotted by children gets twitchers in a flap in High Shincliffe

The Northern Echo: Emily and Thomas Power. Pic by Gavin Engelbrecht

6:08pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

A RARE bird that brought hundreds of twitchers to a quiet village was first discovered by two children taking part in RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, it has been revealed.

Money for flood prevention work at Port Clarence

The Northern Echo: Flooding caused by a storm surge in Port Clarence, Stockton

4:06pm Thursday 6th February 2014

MILLIONS of pounds of Government money has been allocated for flood prevention work at Port Clarence and Lustrum Beck.

Anti-depressant medication needed to ppp-pick up penguins suffering from the winter blues

The Northern Echo: Josh Saunders, aquarist at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary with some of the penguins who are receiving anti-depressant medication to get them through the winter blues.

10:18am Thursday 6th February 2014

PENGUINS at a Sea Life Centre in North Yorkshire are having to be picked up with medication after suffering a case of the winter blues.

Environmental improvements to one of Durham's most important natural habitats

The Northern Echo: Environmental improvements to one of Durham's most important natural habitats

1:21pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

AN ENVIRONMENTAL charity has been putting over £17,000 worth of funding to good use improving one of County Durham’s most important natural habitats.

Starling murmurations caught on camera

The Northern Echo: Starlings swoop over the motorway

1:02am Saturday 1st February 2014

MURMURATIONS - or the patterns made in the sky by swooping starlings - are one of the wonders of the natural world.

Three Swedes convicted after bird smuggling investigation that began in County Durham in 2009

The Northern Echo: RSPB

7:06pm Friday 31st January 2014

THREE men have been convicted of smuggling wild bird eggs after an operation that started in County Durham five years ago and led to raids in several European countries.

The Eagle has landed - missing Nikita found near Blackpool

The Northern Echo: Chris O'Donnell

8:12pm Thursday 30th January 2014

A GIANT bird of prey that went missing in the Yorkshire Dales five days ago has been found safe and well - near Blackpool.

Durham County Council urged to cash in on county farms

The Northern Echo: Weardale county councillor John Shuttleworth with the damaged car park after last year's event

1:39pm Thursday 30th January 2014

A LOCAL authority which is grappling with huge budget cuts should consider cashing in on a large portfolio of farms and land it owns, a councillor has suggested.

Woodland burial trust joins wildlife group

The Northern Echo: NATURAL END: Durham's woodland burial site

12:59pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

A WOODLAND burial ground has signed up to help the region’s wildlife.

Search for giant bird of prey missing in North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: Falconer Chris O'Donnell with his Steller's Sea Eagle, Nikita, which has now gone missing

6:20pm Sunday 26th January 2014

A GIANT bird of prey - with a wing span of about 8ft - has gone missing in North Yorkshire.

Conker trees under threat from alien invader

The Northern Echo: Horse-chestnut leaf-mining moth

10:00pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

CONKER trees are under threat because of an alien invader that is winning an insect war in England.

Stroke victim's anger at 'greedy toe-rag' fly-tippers

The Northern Echo: UGLY MESS: Waste roofing materials dumped in Patches Lane, Darlington

7:00am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

A STROKE survivor has hit out at thoughtless fly-tippers, after seven tonnes of rubbish was dumped near his home, blocking access to the property.

Northern Lands secures £750,000 to showcase our secrets to the world

The Northern Echo: Kielder Forest

2:41pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

AMBITIOUS plans to attract tens of thousands more tourists to enjoy the North-East’s natural beauty spots have been announced, heralding a multi-million pound boost for the region’s rural economy.

Energy boss to face North-East debate

The Northern Echo: Ian Marchant

12:51pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

AN ENERGY boss will discuss how the UK can keep the lights on at a public lecture in the region next month (Thursday, February 6).

North Yorkshire power station protesters have their convictions quashed

The Northern Echo: Drax Power Station, near Selby, which has failed to meet its energy efficiency targets. Picture: Gary Foster

12:47pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

TWENTY-nine environmental campaigners convicted of offences after a North Yorkshire power station protest where a police officer was working undercover had their convictions quashed by leading judges today (Tuesday).

Durham Chorister School pupils get hide ready for RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The Northern Echo: Pupils James Farr, eight, and Beth Stenlake, eight, from Durham Chorister School scatter bird seed near the river in Durham as part of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch campaign.

3:46pm Monday 20th January 2014

YOUNGSTERS have been a hard at work preparing a hide for this weekend’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

New arrivals at zoo could boost international breeding programme

The Northern Echo: A red panda settles into its new home

4:58pm Monday 20th January 2014

A ZOO is toasting the arrival of two new residents – amid hopes there could soon be the patter of even more tiny feet.

Early surge in signs of Spring with ladybirds spotted in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Ladybirds spotted by R Mawson in Raisby Way

9:58am Thursday 16th January 2014

THE mild weather has led to an early surge in the signs of spring, with snowdrops and hazel flowering and elders starting to burst into leaf, wildlife experts have said.

Bid to assess health of UK wildlife launched

The Northern Echo: Why so prickly?

12:00am Thursday 16th January 2014

MEMBERS of the public are being asked to report signs of disease in garden species such as birds and frogs as part of a project to assess the health of UK wildlife.

Campaigners back fracking protests as Government goes "all out for shale"

The Northern Echo: FRACKING ANGER: Protesters handcuff themselves to a lorry at Barton Moss

5:13pm Monday 13th January 2014

CAMPAIGNERS have warned they could take direct action if controversial fracking takes place in the region.

Initiative encourages people to view the heavens

The Northern Echo: Harvey Westcott, seven, scans the heavens

2:50pm Sunday 12th January 2014

THE stars came out for dozens of people able to get a bit closer to the heavens as part of a national astronomy initiative.

Nature lovers come to aid of project seeking evidence of pine martens on North Yorks Moors

The Northern Echo: ELUSIVE CREATURE: It is Brian’s wish to see a pine marten

7:57pm Thursday 9th January 2014

AN ambitious project search for evidence of one of Britain's rarest mammals on the North Yorks Moors has seen more than £1,500 raised for new equipment.

"Remarkable" Britain's flood defences held, says Tory MP

The Northern Echo: Oxford flooding

4:45pm Thursday 9th January 2014

A senior Conservative claims it was ''remarkable'' that Britain's flood defences held to the extent they did, insisting the Government must review its repair budget.

Durham Wildlife Trust launches £8,000 appeal to provide all terrain mobility scooter for visitors to Low Barns reserve

3:20pm Thursday 9th January 2014

AN appeal has been launched which will help less mobile visitors scoot round a nature reserve.

Stargazing on offer at RSPB Saltholme

5:29pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

TEESSIDE STARGAZING: RSPB Saltholme will this month be holding two evenings of stargazing in conjunction with Darlington Astronomical Society.

Flooding threat to Whitby and South Shields, Environment Agency warns

The Northern Echo: Staff from The Angel Hotel in Whitby clean up after a storm surge caused major flooding down the east coast

12:58pm Saturday 4th January 2014

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency is warning of potential flooding in areas of the North.

Whole new meaning for phrase 'round robin'

The Northern Echo: The rotund Robin

5:17pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

GIVING a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Round Robin', this plump bird was spotted feeding up near York.

Thousands of man hours put into preserving Durham's wildlife habitats

The Northern Echo: A group of Trust volunteers at a recent water vole training day with Michael Rogers, DWT's Living Waterways - Diffuse Pollution Coordinator.

12:00am Wednesday 1st January 2014

DURHAM Wildlife Trust’s volunteers have carried out more than 4,800 days of work on the organisation’s 25 nature reserves in the past year.

Nature feels the brunt of recent flooding

The Northern Echo: Coatham Marsh after September floods

6:50am Monday 16th December 2013

THE recent stormy weather put life and limb at risk, with hundreds of people having to be evacuated across the region. However, while humans escaped largely unscathed, the environment was not so lucky.

North Yorkshire biomass plant "a win for the environment"

The Northern Echo: Drax Power Station from the air

11:25pm Monday 9th December 2013

ENERGY Secretary Ed Davey has said investment in a massive new biomass plant and plans for clean coal carbon capture technology at western Europe's largest power station are a win for the environment.

Teesdale couple's dream of £15m Olympic equestrian centre clears planning hurdle

The Northern Echo: Barbara Elliot with horse Bently, pictured at Hilton Moor Farm in 2008

12:00am Wednesday 4th December 2013

PLANS to build a £15m Olympic-standard equestrian centre in the North-East have cleared a major hurdle, with councillors giving their backing to the ambitious project.

North Yorkshire police officer given top award for tackling wildlife crime

The Northern Echo: PC Wilbor

6:41pm Monday 2nd December 2013

A NORTH Yorkshire police officer has been handed a top award for his efforts in tackling wildlife crime.



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