Environment

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.

Jonathan Barlow’s image of the limestone stack at Seaham

Legacy of the North East desert from 290 million years ago captured by fossils

Talk reveals North East world of sand dunes and flooding by a vast inland sea

Peacock butterfly

Report into the health of North East butterfly populations

First major study for 25 years traces ups and downs of 33 butterfly species in the North East

Julie Porksen and Dougie Watkin

Investing in the future of farming? Julie Porksen suggests a five-point action plan

Prospective parliamentary candidate and farmer's daughter, Julie Pörksen, looks at how DEFRA could focus its efforts on improving agriculture

Rev Andrew Lightbown

Author Andrew Lightbown hits out at the environmental cost of Black Friday

Former financial manager and author Andrew Lightbown hits out at environmental and social cost of the buying scramble of Black Friday

Schools targeted in flooding risk project by Northumbrian Water

County Durham school Woodhouse Community Primary works on water gardens scheme

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander

£46 million flood defences to protect thousands of North East homes

Experts warn flood defences may not be enough because of global warming

Beth McDonough has opened a wood recycling operation on Welbeck Road, Walker called Newcastle Wood Recycling

Carpentry course leads to Newcastle wood recycling venture for Beth McDonough

Newcastle Wood Recycling is based in what was a city council depot in Welbeck Road in Walker, Newcastle

The view from St Cuthbert's Isle, with Lindisfarne in the background

£1.3m funding boost for Holy Island from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Lottery windfall gives green light to £1.8m project to enhance Northumberland historic and natural environment

A youngster investigates marine life on the County Durham coast

North East shoreline recovery project will enrol pupils as marine explorers

As the Durham coastline recovers from decades of tipping of mining waste, youngsters from Sunderland primary schools will take part in the North Sea Explorers venture

Members of the One Voice for Warkworth action group

Warkworth residents form action group amid overdevelopment fears

Residents at Warkworth have formed an action group amid fears over the level of housing development being proposed there

Lohman Brown chickens

Vindolanda Roman fort stages chicken history day this Sunday

Universities unveil results of project to trace thousands of years of hens and humans joint history

Cragside

Northumberland gardens to feature on new BBC One series

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The national spotlight is on Lindisfarne and Cragside's historic gardens as they appear in a new TV series

Durham Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Low Barns, Witton-le-Wear

North East wildlife experts in call for new nature laws

A green paper says new legilsation will benefit people's health as well as protecting nature in the North East

Mowbray Park in Sunderland

Sunderland celebrates winning Britain in Bloom's best large city award

Despite budget cuts, Wearside city's efforts see it scoop best large city title in Britain in Bloom - a title it also took in 2010

H&H Land and Propertys Head of Renewables, Victoria Lancaster

Solar subsidy decision 'shortsighted', says rural adviser

Victoria Lancaster, of H&H Land and Property, says more harm than good will come from plans to remove payments for land with solar panels

Former environment secretary Owen Paterson

Peter Troy: When Owen Paterson lashed wind farms he was speaking the truth

Journal columnist Peter Troy says former cabinet minister spoke for millions when he criticised energy policies

The violet coral fungus

Hadrian’s Wall revealed as fungi capital of England by Northumberland National Park Authority

A study by Northumberland National Park Authority has revealed Hadrian's Wall as a haven for first-class fungi

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

Nick Forbes: A change to the way we run the buses can deliver services you need

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes outlines plans for big changes on the bus network, and says passengers will benefit

Chris Watson in Kielder Forest

Sound recordist Chris Watson takes groups on Kielder Forest expeditions

Kielder Forest in Northumberland is to stage a sound artwork event led by top sound recordist Chris Watson

Kevin O'Hara on a beaver fact-finding trip in Bavaria, Germany

Northumberland beaver discovery sheds light on the missing link in river management

Gnawed birch wood found at the eroding bankside of the Scaup burn at Kielder Forest proves beavers were living in region in 14th Century

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