NATIONAL Trust rangers are hosting a number of nature-themed events for wildlife lovers along the coast this month.

The first takes place on Saturday, May 14 from 5.30am to 8am and those interested can join rangers for a Dawn Chorus Walk through Hawthorn Dene.

The early start is set to be rewarded by a symphony of woodland birdsong whilst rangers explain tips on bird identification and how habitat improvement work is helping the surrounding birdlife to thrive.

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Admission is £3 and sensible shoes, binoculars and a warm flask are recommended. It is essential to book by contacting 01947-885900, those taking part will meet at the Stapylton Arms pub in Hawthorn Village.

The conservation charity is also seeking to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Durham Coast.

Anybody interested in helping surveying rock pools, woodland, birds and grassland, can accompany rangers during a ‘Bioblitz Day’ on Sunday, May 22.

Participants are welcome between 9am to 4pm at Hawthorn Hive meadow, off the coastal footpath about one mile south of Noses Point car park, Seaham.

No experience is necessary as advice, field guides and identification sheets will be provided. For further details, please call 07483-117657.