Durham Limestone Landscapes,
‘Village Atlas for Hetton’ and the Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
Community Foundation funded ‘LEAF’ project, ‘Hetton-Le-Hole Naturally’
Species identification with local schools and
Both these projects ran simultaneously throughout
2013-2014, with equipment and hydrology analysis costs being provided
through a grant from LEAF, (which better enabled species detection, and
displays highlighting litter issues), while an ecologist, some transport
costs, and resources for field trips for some schools were funded by the
Durham Limestone Landscapes ‘Heritage Lottery Fund’ project, for the
natural history section of the ‘Village Atlas for Hetton’ book.
The projects involved walks and field trips,
involving residents and pupils from local schools; Hetton School, Hetton
Lyons Primary School, Eppleton Academy Primary School, and Hetton
Primary School, to identify as many species as possible at each of the
conservation sites of Hetton. The data collected now forms a base-line
database of species, held with the Society, for each of Hetton’s
conservation sites and which will be added to on future field trip
Photographs from field trips/walks
Council’s Strategic Initiatives Board funded ‘Naturally in your
While the LEAF project ended early in 2014, the
‘village atlas’ work continued to the end of 2014 and the full list of
recorded species is included within the book itself. However, species
identification has continued, through further funded field trips for
schools, from a grant provided by Sunderland City Council’s; Strategic
Initiative Budget’, where the Society’s aim is a continuous and more
expansive raising of further awareness to more school pupils, (and local
residents, where possible) of our unique Magnesian Limestone landscape
and its inherent species, as well as addressing pollution/ litter
This project is currently ongoing, and has enabled
Society members to identify more species not previously recorded on the
database, while involving more young people and residents as well as
looking at habitat/ pollution issues, enabling a broader knowledge and
awareness of local wildlife and nature sites, as well as landscape and
historical evolvement of sites.
Photographs showing schools involved in species
I.D work/landscape/worksheets/anti-litter display
Any new species, identified in the future, will be
shown on this website, and recorded on the ‘Wild watch’ website, which
will subsequently also be recorded at the ‘Environmental Records
Information Centre for the North-East’, (ERIC). Importantly, ‘ERIC’,
produces information on species recorded right across the North East,
which can be very indicative of species in decline, increasing, or rare
to the area.
Recent Society findings,
during field trips, proved the importance of conducting such
identification and recording:
Species identified and
recorded on the Society’s Database and included in the ‘Village Atlas of
SSSI: Special Site of Scientific Interest.
LWS: Local Wildlife Site.
LNR: Local Nature Reserve.
Shown below are photographs of other pond/lake
species discovered at conservation sites:
SSSI, Rainton Meadows, Hetton Lyons Country Park, LWS.
Photographs of moths/damselflies/dragonflies
discovered at Hetton Bogs SSSI, Hetton Lyons Country Park LWS, High
Moorsley SSSI, Rainton Meadows LWS, and Joe’s Pond SSSI.
damselflies and dragonly pictures
Photographs of Bird
species from: Hetton Park LNR, Hetton Bogs West LWS, Rough Dene LWS,
Rainton Meadows LWS.
Photographs of Trees/ Bushes from: Hetton Houses
Woods, Eppleton Track, Robin House Wood, Low Moorsley, Rough Dene.
Photographs of plants discovered at:
Hetton Bogs SSSI, Low Moorsley LWS, High Moorsley
SSSI, Rough Dene LWS, Rainton Meadows LWS, Eppleton old railway track,
Elemore Golf Course LWS, Hetton Lyons Country Park.
Natural History Lead Officer: Pat Robson, e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hetton Local and Natural History Society, Secretary: Alan Jackson, e-mail; email@example.com
Lead Database Officer: David Wallace, e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org