Introducing Steve Purvis!

Do dreams come true…


…well they have for me, Durham Wildlife Trust’s new Northern Reserves Officer, Steve Purvis!
I have a Countryside management and Arboriculture background and first began volunteering and working on nature reserves in Gateshead and Durham in 2008. I have been living in the Derwent Valley for over 12 years, so when the opportunity was offered to work on local sites which I enjoy, it was a dream come true.

The role over the next two years is to oversee the management of the sites, support and encourage local people, and volunteers from the wider area, to deliver practical projects and events that will promote the biodiversity and cultural value of the sites in Gateshead.

The sites are Lamesley Pastures, Cross Lane Meadows, Chopwell Meadows, Westfield Pastures (near Ryton) Addison Woodlands and Hedgefield Quarry, Barlow Burn (owned by SITA), Shibdon Meadow and DWT’s existing sites of Milkwellburn Wood, High Wood and Shibdon Pond.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Durham Wildlife Trust and working on these sites, contact the Trust on 0191 584 3112 or if you would like to discuss anything at all, please feel free to contact me at any time.

I hope to see you soon!


(0191) 584 3112

Durham Wildlife Trust
Rainton Meadows,
Chilton Moor,
Tyne & Wear