A view of Newcastle from the other side. Gateshead Millenium Bridge is the one seen closest to me. August 2012. Attribution: Hi I'm Santi

North East England is one of nine official regions of England at the first level of ITL for statistical purposes. The region covers an area of 8,592 km2 (3,317 square miles) and in 2019 had a recorded population of nearly 2.7 million. There are four counties in the region: County Durham; Tyne and Wear; Northumberland and part of North Yorkshire. The largest settlements are Newcastle upon Tyne, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Gateshead and Darlington. There are three conurbations in the region: Tyneside (Newcastle upon Tyne's greater metropolitan area); Wearside (centred on Sunderland); and Teesside (a merger of urban areas in north North Yorkshire and south County Durham). Only three settlements in the region have city status: Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland and Durham.

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Location North East England, United Kingdom
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Keywords English region
Authors Phil Green
Published 2014
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Climate action[edit | edit source]

Climate North East

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

The region has a diverse landscape that includes maritime cliffs and extensive moorland that contains a number of rare species of flora and fauna. Of particular importance are the saltmarshes of Lindisfarne, the Tees Estuary, the heaths, bogs and traditional upland hay meadows of the North Pennines, and the Arctic-alpine flora of Upper Teesdale.

The beauty of the Northumbrian coastline has led to its designation as an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB)stretching 100 miles from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to the River Coquet estuary. Among the 290 bird species identified on the Farne Islands, is the rare seabird the roseate tern. One of the foremost bird sanctuaries and observatory for migratory and wading birds in the UK is now operated at "Saltholme" which is part of a wider site of special scientific interest called Seal Sands. The Saltholme reserve is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds(RSPB). This project has been pronounced as one of the best places to view birds by Bill Oddie, the celebrity bird watcher and former host of the BBC's Spring Watch Programme. In December 2012 he also presented the project with a prize as the UK's favorite National Lottery funded project. The seal colony at Seal Sands on the mouth of the River Tees is thriving and stands at more than 60 harbour seals and this is the only breeding colony of this species on the northeast coast."Rainton Meadows" is also a recently created bird-watching site. The region is also the English stronghold of black grouse and contains 80–90% of the UK population of yellow marsh saxifrage.

The Magnesian Limestone grasslands of East Durham are a unique habitat not found nowhere else in the world which is particularly important to many species of butterfly and moths.

The Northeast of England also features woodland such as Kielder Forest, the largest man-made forest in Europe. This is located within Northumberland National Park and contains an important habitat for the endangered red squirrel.

Environmental Records Information Centre for the North East of England

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

Gateshead Community Network

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

The Bike Farm, information from ourgateshead.org - ScratchBikes, Newcastle

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

see also: Social deprivation W

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Do The Local Motion, Darlington

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Other resources[edit | edit source]

News and comment[edit | edit source]


England region plans world-first for climate change teaching [1] Jul 30


Newcastle builds £1.7m protected city centre cycleway, Dec 3 [2]


£1m cycle super-highway proposed for Newcastle city centre, February 4 [3]


Newcastle selected as one of six cities in the UK to receive funding to support efforts in improving food culture and becoming a Sustainable Food City, December 17 [4]

Stockton-on-Tees council refitting 1,600 private homes to save energy and keep fuel bills low, March 12 [5]

Events[edit | edit source]


June 7 - 8 Newcastle Community Green Festival


External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: North East England

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