All the latest environment news from across the North East. Read the latest environment stories, features and campaigns from Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

Dusk at Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse in South Shields celebrates 25 years of being open to public

Souter Lighthouse, in South Shields, opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1990

Embleton Bay, Northumberland

National Trust Neptune coast campaign marks 50th anniversary

The National Trust Neptune scheme is celebrating a landmark birthday after being set up to save North East shoreline stretches

Prime Minister David Cameron

George Hepburn: Isn't it time we tackled the life and death test of our civilisation?

Journal columnist George Hepburn says that if we are serious about tackling climate change we need to get on to a war foorting to show it

Dale Stevens, right, placing one of the pots on the bridge at Cragside

Gardeners turn back the clock at Cragside's Ivy Bridge

The National Trust has been replanting a picturesque bridge at Cragside to restore its original look

Red Phillip is released into the wild

'Mills and Boon' red kite is released back into wild after traffic accident

A red kite with a colourful life has been nursed back to health after being hit by a vehicle

An oil field

Climate change raises pressure for divestment from fossil fuels

Pressure is growing for energy firms to pull back from getting fossil fuels out of the ground - but energy needs remain

Dunston Staithes

Paul Brannen: When it comes to wood, we should

North East Labour Euro MP Paul Brannen on why turning to wood as a building material could benefit our region

Little egret - a warm climate bird moving into Northumberland

Northumberland Birds Atlas created thanks to contributions from 700 volunteers

Eight years of effort goes into plotting bird populations in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside

Ryan Taylor

Northumberland teenager wins scholarship to help studies to become a gamekeeper

Ryan Taylor from Northumberland is hoping to follow a family tradition by working as a gamekeeper

Nature reclaims an old industrial site at Blaydon Burn in Gateshead

Wilderness and its appeal explored at Newcastle University conference

Delegates arrive on Tyneside from across the world for wild event which has lured experts in landscape and the wilderness

Dame Helen Ghosh, director-general of the National Trust

NFU urges National Trust to work with tenant farmers as part of new strategy

Report, which lays out £1bn plan to protect the countryside, considers everything from threats to nature to investing in the nation's heritage

Volunteers work on the creation for a sculpture park as part of Groundwork's Teesdale project

Groundwork celebrates 30 years of environmental and social regeneration work

Groundwork's 30th anniversary sees them celebrate their environmental and social regeneration work in the North East

An oil rig in the North Sea

North offshore industry welcomes Chancellor's rescue package for oil and gas

Package of measures adding up to £1.3bn announced by Chancellor in response to crisis caused by oil price slump

Ben Hoskyns MD of CBio Cleveland Biotech

Teesside waste management specialist Cleveland Biotech combines with Welsh rival

Newcastle-based NVM Private Equity is investing £3.5m in the merged businesses, to create a leader in eco-friendly cleaning

Illustrator Daniel Weatheritt

Cramlington artist uses talents to help in fight to save North East's red squirrels

New booklet goes to 100,00 homes in region in bid to raise squirrel funds

Red squirrel watch near Wooler, Northumberland

Northumberland school stages red squirrel musical

Stannington First School will perform Squirrels: The Musical on March 26 in the village's St Mary's Church

Crawford Bridge, over the Ouseburn, in Byker

Celebration of the River Tyne's tributaries and hidden underground watercourses

New book by Ken Smith probes the subterranean streams under Newcastle upon Tyne

Simone Price

County Durham woman helped back to health by nature

Wildlife trusts in the North East have launched a drive to highlight the outdoors as a therapy

James Garratt runs an environmental crops company combining science and nature

North East scientist plays part in challenge to feed a growing world

Newcastle company chief sets up foundation fund to help region's researchers boost food production

Samantha Tranter, who led the WildWatch scheme

700 volunteers scour the North Pennines in WildWatch project

WildWatch project run by North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural amasses 20,000 sightings but has now reached end of its three years


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