13 January 2017
Wildlife enthusiast Rachel Bell has been awarded a wildlife book after winning a prize draw.
Users of the bird hide at Derwent Reservoir were asked to complete a questionnaire to gauge public opinion on existing facilities at the reservoir. As well as a great response to this query, there were also some excellent suggestions for other improvements that could be made to enhance the wildlife experience.
The questionnaire was compiled by 6th form student Isabel Page as part of her week’s work placement with Durham Wildlife Trust and the completed form by Rachel Bell, from Consett, was drawn at random. Stuart Pudney, Conservation and Land Manager for Northumbrian Water, presented her with the prize, Birds of County Durham, an important and comprehensive guide to all known breeding birds in the County.
Northumbrian Water’s Derwent reservoir, on the fringes of the North Pennines, is used to supply water to the nearby Mosswood Water Treatment Works and the nature reserve at the western end of the reservoir is managed in partnership with Durham Wildlife Trust as it provides an important stretch of water for overwintering birds, breeding wild fowl and waders. Ospreys are also a regular visitor in the summer months and since its opening in August 2002 the bird hide, located on the north shore of the reserve, has been a popular spot for birders, with numbers using the hide on the increase. (For access information to the hide please email email@example.com)
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 35 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. More information at www.durhamwt.co.uk