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B-Lines North East

The North East has a very diverse landscape which stretches from the uplands of the Pennines and Cheviots , through intensively farmed areas, post-industrial and urbanised areas  to the extensive coastal strip.  It supports a wide range of high quality wildflower-rich habitats such as coastal sand dunes, rare magnesian limestone  grasslands, Whin grasslands, upland hay meadows  and lowland heaths.

Map Key

  • Type of work carried out
  • Wildflower meadow creation
  • Habitat restoration
  • Wildflower plug planting
  • Wildflower sowing
  • School activities
  • Urban Meadow
  • Bee hotels
  • Wildflower margins, pollen and nectar mixes
  • Green roof
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North East B-Lines


Much of the wildflower-rich pollinator habitat in the north east is very fragmented and local conservation strategies highlight the need to improve connectivity of the remaining areas of habitat. Native insect pollinators are important to the local farming sector and food provision and the general lack of good semi-natural insect pollinator habitat has been recognised as a significant issue.

The B-Lines in Northumberland and Co. Durham were mapped with help from local and national conservation partners and identify a network which aims to link together internationally important upland hay meadows in the west to the coastal and magnesian grasslands further east, and the Tyne Valley and  grasslands of the Cheviots across to the Northumberland Coast.


We are working with partners to ensure the B-Lines  are used as a focus to prioritise action to create a more joined-up landscape for pollinators and other wildlife, providing a core area around which other pollinator habitats can be put back improving  pollinator numbers in the farmed landscape.


Making a B-Line for the North East

The Making a B-Line for the North East project has been working with Durham Wildlife Trust, Sunderland Council and South Tyneside Council to increase and enhance wildflower-rich pollinator habitats in Co. Durham’s B-Lines.  Find out more here


Take part in creating our B-Lines” and find out more on our B-Lines FAQ.


Everyone who lives, works, owns land or goes to school on a B-Line can help, even if only in a small way.


Look at the project pages and partnership pages, to see some of the activity going on in the North East and look at our map to see where we need to be doing more.