A NEW charitable group, the Friends of Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve (FoUT) will host an afternoon of talks on the wildlife to be found in the upper dale this month.

FoUT has been set up to support the wildlife conservation work in Teesdale’s national nature reserve and to encourage people to visit, learn more about and help sustain the special wildlife of the area.

The afternoon of talks by four local experts will be held from 1.30pm on Saturday, April 13, at Wynch Bridge End Cottage- a short walk across the River Tees from the Bowlees Visitor Centre.

Entry will be subject to a donation to the new charitable group - suggested minimum £2 - and a wildlife-themed tombola will be on offer for a small additional charge.

The talks will focus on the story of the nature reserve, the varied natural history of upper Teesdale, the life of bumble bees and the rarely seen predatory bird, the merlin.

This is the first event held by the Friends of Upper Teesdale. The group aims to support further gatherings in support of its aims. FoUT also hopes to work with local interests, businesses and funding organisations to enable additional investment to support improved access to the national nature reserve and to aid its work conserving important wildlife.

Those interested are advised to book a seat in advance by emailing friends.of.upper.teesdale@gmail.com