SCHOOL pupils dug deep to find out about wildlife in their area.
Youngsters from Hetton School visited the nature area at Hetton Bogs to record the species which live there.
The children recorded data which they found, which will be sent to the Environment Agency.
They looked for animals and plants and also helped to clear away litter.
They were joined by Bob Scott, from Hetton Green Watch, ecologist Ivan Dunn from Durham Limestone Landscapes, and Lizzie Willows, an education officer with the Wear Rivers Trust.
Pat Robson, of Hetton Green Watch, which aims to preserve the town’s wildlife, said: “Pupils also used aquascopes so that they could look at what was under the water, identified nearby trees and flowers, as well as checking for any litter which could affect the area.
“This project now forms part of Hetton Comprehensive School’s normal curriculum, and the interest shown by the pupils and staff involved is really encouraging for the future preservation of our local wildlife sites and the beautiful countryside around Hetton.”
Mrs Robson added: “It was important for the pupils to recognise what can be achieved by restoring and conserving habitats following climate changes and the damage done through flooding in conservation areas, local streams and rivers.”