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.

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

Prime Minister David Cameron

Frack Northumberland and build nuclear power stations, David Cameron urged

The Prime Minister was told to shelve the Climate Change Act to which it was claimed there was "extraordinarily strong opposition"

Dunstanburgh Castle

North East rock sites are some of the best in the UK say geologists

North East locations such as Dunstanburgh, South Shields and Allenheads are voted some of the UK's top geology sites

View from the 5th floor of "The Core" at Science Central

'Free heat for a century' plan by North East green energy experts

North experts have put the case for underground thermal energy at a geothermal energy conference in London

The 1984-85 Miners' Strike in the Durham Coalfield - Easington Colliery 1984

Nature reserve plan for County Durham pit site with a turbulent history

On Wednesday plans will be presented to Durham County Council's cabinet to designate the 27-hectare Easington Colliery site as a Local Nature Reserve

Viscount Ridley

Pressure on ending windfarm subsidies as North East peers come together for House of Lords debate

Viscount Ridley hopes the discussion will prompt the Government into ensuring Northumberland’s landscape is better protected

Electricity pylons with wind turbines in the distance

Energy efficiency will be the priority for future UK Governments

With prices continuing to rise and demand set to double households and businesses are being encouraged to using energy in a more efficient way

A Minke Whale and White-beaked Dolphin

Record year for whales and dolphins off North East coast

The Farne Islands Wildlife Report for 2013, published by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, reveals that there were a total of 138 sightings of cetaceans

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