They used to be missing from our region- but avocets numbers have now hit new highs.
The wading bird, whose distinct look is used as the RSPB logo, is thriving at wetlands in Washington.
Ross Hutchinson has been to find out more.
The signs of spring keep coming - lambs are popping up in fields across the region. Ross Hutchinson went to a farm near Barnard CastleRead the full story ›
The starling murmurations have returned. Tens of thousands of birds take to the skies every sunset.Read the full story ›
A carefully selected Christmas tree has been chopped down in Kielder - ready for a long journey to London.
Ross went to join the in the festive felling:
Despite some heavy rain, after the very dry summer many of our rivers are still running low.
But that hasn't stopped what's known as the salmon run in the River Tyne. As Ross Hutchinson has been finding out, sometimes nature needs a helping hand.
Tyneside and Wearside have some of the lowest levels of woodland in the country.
There's now a plan to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to plant thousands of trees at a site near Beamish.
The area is already home to a small forest- with hopes it will soon be growing in size.
Ross has been to find out more.
Puffin numbers appear to be falling on the Farne Islands.Read the full story ›
An elusive pine marten has been caught on video in Northumberland for the first time.Read the full story ›
Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen records life in the cold snap, posting photos of her animals - and nine children at their remote farmhouseRead the full story ›
Scores of people have marched through North Derbyshire to protest against fracking. Community groups from Yorkshire, Derbyshire and beyond joined forces to raise awareness of their campaign and call for an end to all plans to drill for shale gas anywhere in the country. Lisa Adlam reports.