Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has called Northumberland's Farne Islands his favourite place in the UK to see nature at its best.
Workers at a Teesside based business got a bit of shock this week when they discovered a number of Black Widow spiders.
The first youngster hatched on Saturday with the other emerging on Monday in one of the two osprey nests in the Northumberland wilderness.
Nature reserves in North Yorkshire are using lottery money to help protect endangered species of butterfly.
Good summer weather has helped to boost numbers at reserves near Goathland and the River Ouse near York.
The 'Face of Nature' has been spotted in the North East after a man stumbled across the face in a tree when he was walking his dog.
Martin Nesbitt was walking through Saltburn Valley Gardens when he came across the tree which appeared to be looking back at him.
Black Widow spiders have been recovered from a business on Teesside.
They were discovered by employees at a company which does not want to be named.
It's thought that the highly poisonous North American spiders may have travelled to the UK in a freight shipment.
They were caught by wildlife expert Jack Fenwick from Guisborough-based Naturally Wild Consultants.
Mr Fenwick said that, while the Black Widow is highly venomous, fatalities from bites are rare.
North American Black Widow spiders have been discovered at a business on Teesside.
They are thought to have hidden in an industrial freight shipment.