LOVE will be in the air for birdwatchers at a North-East nature reserve on Valentine’s Day.

Durham Wildlife Trust, the North-East conservation charity, has organised a guided walk round its Rainton Meadows reserve near Houghton-le-Spring on February 14.

Those taking part in the Love Birds event, which starts at 10.30am, will learn about the birds on the reserve, their habitat and how people can get involved to help them.

Trust guides will provide the chance to see everything from lapwing, snipe, tree sparrow, willow tit and reed bunting to chaffinch, bull finch and wigeon.

The walk will last around an hour and a half and will stop off at the Rainton Meadows Wildlife Hide and other viewing points around the reserve.

A spokesman for Durham Wildlife Trust said: “Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.

“Binoculars will be available for those who don’t have their own.”

The cost of taking part in the guided bird watching walk is £5 per person.

Anyone interested can book their place online at or by calling 0191-584-3112.

Durham Wildlife Trust’s purpose is to protect wildlife and promote nature conservation in County Durham, the City of Sunderland and the boroughs of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Darlington. Through the management of 37 Nature Reserves and a variety of species and habitat recovery projects, the Trust is one of the most active environmental organisations in the region. By acting as a focus for a variety of community groups, schools and individuals, the Trust engages people in the issues around nature conservation and the wider environment. It also manages two visitor centres and campaigns on behalf of more than 8000 members.

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