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Join our journey to record the little-known wildlife of Redesdale, Northumberland

Redesdale is the Wild Intrigue hub, and we have had some wonderful wildlife encounters here. However wildlife records are hugely lacking in this region for important indicator species such as Eurasian Otter, Bats and Moths present, you could be forgiven for thinking Redesdale didn’t have a wild side. However we’re certain that there is wildlife present for all to enjoy, and conserve, in this rural corner of Northumberland – it is  simply “hidden”.

Throughout 2019 we will be offering the communities of Redesdale the opportunity to attend free specialist training events with us, as well as a chance to enter into our brand new equipment loan scheme.

Some of our workshops will be indoor based, and some will be outdoor. It’s important to us that Hidden Redesdale is available for the whole community to take part in, so we have teamed up with MammalWeb and Durham University to create an online project folder which anyone can access from home to enjoy everyone’s camera trap photographs, and to even help identify species recorded!

With support from the Revitalising Redesdale Landscape Partnership, the Heritage Lottery Fund and ERIC North East, we will be organising a series of workshops for all ages to attend to discover our Hidden Redesdale. These will be focussed on three aspects of wildlife recording which enable us to find and identify elusive wildlife which may otherwise be unnoticed; these areas are camera trapping, moth trapping and bat detecting.

The magic of the Hidden Redesdale equipment loan scheme is that residents of Redesdale will now be able to find out which wildlife they share their gardens with, providing the opportunity to survey huge areas within Redesdale that would otherwise be unaccounted for!

To keep up to date with Hidden Redesdale’s progress, you can enjoy regular blog posts on this page. Why not join our Hidden Redesdale Facebook group and Twitter too? You can also contact us directly at

Hidden Redesdale Training Events

Camera Trap Training Events

Have you ever wondered what wildlife is hiding in your garden?

Camera traps enable us to discover, and therefore record and conserve, wildlife on our doorstep. Join Wild Intrigue for an introduction to camera trapping, a prelude Hidden Redesdale’s free Camera Trap Loan Scheme – open to all resident of Redesdale. This training event will include a showing of camera trap footage gathered by Wild Intrigue in and immediately surrounding Redesdale. By attending this training event, you will have access to the Hidden Redesdale Camera Trap Loan Scheme if you are a resident of Redesdale

Training dates:
Saturday 4th May 2019 | 11:00 to 12:30 | West Woodburn Village Hall (Indoor)
Saturday 4th May 2019 | 15:00 to 16:30 | Bellingham Town Hall (Indoor)
Thursday 9th May 2019 | 19:30 to 21:00 | Otterburn Memorial Hall (Indoor)
Saturday 11th May 2019 | 11:00 to 12:30 | Elsdon Village Hall (Indoor)
Saturday 11th May 2019 | 16:00 to 17:30 | Byrness Village Hall (Indoor)

Our Camera Trap phase will continue throughout the year, so get in touch if you would like to enter our free equipment loan scheme.

To book please contact us at
or phone 07394 6344 31.

Bat Detecting

Enter the hidden world of bats and learn how to use Magenta 4 bat detectors to identify these elusive mammals, a skill which residents of Redesdale can then apply at home as part of Hidden Redesdale’s free Bat Detector Loan Scheme – open to all residents of Redesdale

Training dates
Thursday 4th July 2019 | 21:30 to 22:30 | Otterburn
Wednesday 10th July 2019 | 21:30 to 22:30 | West Woodburn
Thursday 20th July 2019 | 21:30 to 22:30 | Bellingham
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 | 21:30 to 22:30 | Elsdon
Wednesday 24th July 2019 | 21:30 to 22:30 | Byrness
To book please contact us at
or phone 07394 6344 31.
Moth Trapping

Discover the beauty and diversity of Redesdale’ moths on one of our free, morning Moth Trap Training events, which will enable residents of Redesdale to enter Hidden Redesdale’s free Moth Trap Loan Scheme.

Training dates
Thursday 1st August 2019 | Otterburn Castle 
Friday 2nd August 2019 | Otterburn Castle
To book please contact us at
or phone 07394 6344 31.