Our Conservation team blog

Our Conservation Rangers, Gardeners and Volunteers regularly add updates about their work caring for Gibside’s landscape and habitats. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Watch our young roe deer

Wildlife exhibition at the Stables

The swallow camera has been a real hit with visitors

Don't miss our wildlife room at the Stables... There's a film and commentary from our Rangers plus exclusive footage of the more elusive creatures we have spotted. We've also got interactive games and challenges for young wildlife lovers. In summer you'll see swallows soaring around the courtyard and nesting in the rafters too!

Rambles with a Ranger

Meet our Rangers for a gentle wander and a behind-the-scenes peek into how we care for Gibside's habitats and wildlife twice a month. Each month focuses on a new seasonal theme, from ponds and rivers, to butterflies and dragonflies.

Get involved & restore Gibside

If you're interested in wildlife or simply enjoy a little gentle exercise in a lovely outdoors setting, we have a range of volunteer roles that could suit you! You'll get to join a friendly team, learn new skills and help us care for Gibside's precious natural habitats.

Our conservation work

Caught during Gibside Bat Research Project. © National Trust / Gibside

Caught during Gibside Bat Research Project.

Bats at Gibside

From 2008 to 2010 we carried out an investigation to discover more about bats at Gibside. Special radio tags were fitted to 17 bats so they could be followed.

We identified 24 new roosts and are now looking after these roosts to help encourage Gibside's bat population to grow.

Our conservation work

Discovered in Gibside’s walled garden during a survey © National Trust / Gibside

Discovered in Gibside’s walled garden during a survey

Great crested newts at Gibside

In 2011 we launched a project to improve pond habitats for newts.

Thanks to funding from County Durham Environmental Trust, we have re-excavated some old ponds and created some new ones. We hope this will improve the breeding habitat for the rare newts, enabling their population to grow.

Our conservation work

Native broadleaved trees have been planted at Gibside replacing conifers © Robert Morris

Native broadleaved trees have been planted at Gibside replacing conifers

Gibside's forest design plan

Over 50 years we aim to restore Gibside's landscape and benefit our wildlife by planting more native broadleaf woodland like oak, ash and rowan trees.

To do this, we are thinning and felling many of the non-native conifer plantations in partnership with the Forestry Commission