4 May 2020

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Some of the birds spotted on a bird walk in the Derwent Valley - take a closer look at the red kite, all may not be as it seems.
Welcome to the Land of Oak & Iron Newsletter

This week's newsletter is all about our feathered friends which can be seen while out on a quiet walk in the Lower Derwent Valley.  We also take a look at the tapestry of life found along the River Derwent as illustrated by a friendly bunch of talented sewers, based at the neighbouring site of National Trust's Gibside.

We are thankful for the many beautiful outdoor spaces to be explored across the Land of Oak & Iron - you can discover more about the country parks, woodlands and wildlife via the Land of Oak & Iron Explore our Countryside webpages, including Allensford, Tyne Riverside and Derwent Country Parks, which are all free to wander through.

Please follow the current guidelines of staying within your local area and practice the now familiar social distancing.
A Solo Guided Bird Walk 

Sunday 26th April 2020 was to be the second of this year's guided bird walks from the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre in Winlaton Mill.  The walk was orgainised with local ornithologist Michael Turner, who has led several popular guided bird walks for the Land of Oak & Iron over the past couple of years.

The planned walk was cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation and the need to practice social distancing.  However, living locally to the Heritage Centre, Michael decided to go ahead on his own with the 'Early Morning Guided Bird Walk' as scheduled between 7am and 9am and report back to give a flavour of spring in the Lower Derwent Valley … so bring your imagination and join Michael on his 'Solo Guided Bird Walk'.

Thanks to Bill Cowings for permission to use his photographs.
Sew Near, Sew Far

When the Heritage Centre re-opens, café shrub is a lovely place to meet friends and family or stop off for refreshments while out and about.

If in the past, you have visited on a sunny afternoon, you may have noticed when the sun shines from the south, rather too much light illuminates some of the tables and customers.

Through discussions with Gibside Sewing Group an idea was formed to create illustrated panels, helping to filter some of the strong sunlight.

Their inspiration was the 30km long journey of the River Derwent, from the North Pennine moors to the tidal Tyne.

Find out more from the group who are currently working virtually and calling themselves 'Sew Near, Sew Far'


And to finish - some more photographs from our collection to remind us of the beautiful Land of Oak & Iron and some of the special activities we have shared together as a community, we look forward to taking more photographs soon.

If you have any photographs that you would like to share, please tag us on our social media pages @LandofOakandIron

You can see more of our photographs on the Gallery page.
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