Living Wetlands


Our aim is to restore or create a range of nationally threatened wetland habitats that reflect the true richness of our floodplains, principally in South East Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle.

This would be completed by developing partnership opportunities to plan and co-ordinate wetland habitat management. Wetlands in their various guises can make beneficial contributions to:

  • Diffuse pollution reduction
  • Flood management
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Tourism and recreation
  • Biodiversity
  • Education and research
  • Local economy
  • Soil conservation

Catchment Partnership Action Fund (CPAF) - Northumberland urban streams and improving city streams

Island installation on Lemington Gut © Sarah BeesonFollowing a successful bid to the Environment Agency and delivered through the Catchment Partnerships, NWT has embarked upon a project on urban streams in Northumberland and Newcastle. This exciting project is allowing us to improve riparian habitats for invertebrates and fish by restoration and creation of key habitat types such as wetlands and woodlands. We are also working closely with local communities to help them to look after nearby watercourse and to garden for land affected by water saturation.

In Tyne and Wear, we are working on Lemington Gut and Wallsend Burn and in Northumberland we are looking to work on the Seaton Burn, Brierdene and Horton Burn.

Water Wardens – Watch This Space!

NWT is gearing up to launch a new initiative to train volunteers to look out for problems on their local streams, rivers and beaches and to report any issues to the relevant places. More information coming soon!

Spotted a problem on a watercourse? Contact the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 807 060.

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