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Upstream/Downstream, River Tees, with Laura Harrington

13 July 2019 10:00 am - 13 July 2019 5:00 pm

These day-long site visits are an opportunity to explore the River Tees at its source and mouth with naturalists, geographers and artist Laura Harrington. In July, we spend an immersive day at the source of the Tees in the blanket bog of Moor House – Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve in the North Pennines. We find different ways of understanding, relating to and sharing experiences of the landscape, biodiversity and ecology. Transport departs from MIMA.

Please call MIMA or email mima@tees.ac.uk to sign up.  Free and transport included.

An opportunity to explore the River Tees with the artist, naturalists and geographers. In the blanket bog of Moor House, Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve in the North Pennines. We find different ways of understanding, relating to and sharing experiencews of the landscape, biodiversity and ecology.
The day begins downstream at MIMA where everyone is invited to draw on the different experiences and reflections they encounter during the journey towards the source as we travel through the town, out and beyond. Thinking about our relations and connections, metaphorically and literally, to the notion of ‘upstream’. Once at Moor House we will undertake a contemplative walk across an area of blanket bog with Martin Furness (Natural England, Site Manager). After lunch, we listen to sikes (streams), share stories and understand more about upland peatland geomorphology with Jeff Warburton (Durham University).


10:00 Set off from MIMA (mini-bus)

11:30 Arrive at Garigill, short comfort break

12:00 Arrive Moor House – Upper Teasdale NNR.

12:00 Walk over blanket bog towards the former shooting lodge (participants can remain in mini bus or choose a track walk as an alternative)

13:00 Lunch at Moor House bothy

13:45 Rough Sike (listening exercises at stream edge)

14:00 Upland peatland geomorphology (Jeff Warburton)

15:00 Set off for MIMA (mini-bus)

17:00 Arrive back at MIMA

What to bring
The weather on the upland reserve is often cooler than lower down the valley and can deteriorate rapidly. You are must wear warm clothes, suitable footwear (wellies, walking boots or strong flat shoes) and bring waterproof jacket with you.

There is a compost toilet on site but we will stop on Garigill before and after where there are facilities, which are open to the public.

We will bring tea but you will need to bring some water and lunch with you.

About Moor House National Nature Reserve
Moor House-Upper Teasdale NNR is one of England’s larges National Nature Reserves and is famous for the plants that originally colonised the high pennines after the last Ice Age and have survived their ever since. The reserve encompasses an almost complete range of upland habitats typical of the North Pennines, from lower lying hay meadows, rough grazing and juniper wood to limestone grassland, blanket bog and summit heaths of the high fells.

Moor House was one of the first NNRs, which was bought in 1950 for £5000. It is now part of Natural England’s Moor House -Upper Teesdale NNR, which is one of 222 National Nature Reserves in England, covering more than 92,000 hectares.

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Details of Saturday 17 August 2019 visit will be updated shortly.

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