Wildlife on our doorstep

PEOPLE have the chance to learn more about nature.

Hartlepool Borough Council's countryside wardens and Natural England's Teesmouth National Nature Reserve have teamed up to provide free local wildlife watching events.

Organisers say Teesmouth is an amazing place to visit at this time of year as a wide variety of seals and wild birds, such as knots, dunlins and wigeons can be seen on the River Tees and many of these birds fly from as far away as Iceland and Greenland, to spend winter on the river.

People can can join Jo Collins, of Natural England, for a Winter Wader Wander event on Friday, January 21, 1.30pm.

A Seal Watch event will be held on Saturday, January 22, at the wildlife watching hide at Hartlepool's power station between 11am and 1pm.

Jo said: "All this amazing wildlife set against the unexpected backdrop of industry is a unique experience not to be missed."

Anyone is welcome to these events and knowledgeable wildlife enthusiasts will be on hand to help identify the animals and show the best wildlife hot spots.

These are free events, but places are limited and advance booking is essential by calling Natural England's Teesmouth National Nature Reserve on (01429) 853325.