Eye Project

What is it about?

EYE is a 3 year project which enables people to play an active role in recording the wildlife and landscapes of the North East of England.

The North East is an area which contains a huge number of different landscapes, with an amazing variety of plants and animals. To conserve these and plan for the future, we need regular information about how wildlife and places are changing.

The information gathered through this project will also help to shape the displays at the Hancock Museum as it is redeveloped as part of the £26 million Great North Museum Project, which is due to open in 2009.

What are we doing?

EYE operates two databases of environmental information. The first of these is this website which allows people across the region to record their sightings of wildlife. Whether you see wildlife in your back garden, in a local nature reserve or even whilst out shopping or from the window, you can log your information on the website and find out what other people have seen in the area that you live or are planning to visit.

The second of these is the North East Environmental Data Hub, a database of wildlife and habitat information. This brings together environmental information from organisations and experts, in order to build a bank of information about the natural history of the North East.

Both the website and the Regional Environmental Data Hub will be used by conservationists working to protect the natural environment, ensuring that the region’s species and habitats are protected for future generations to come.

What else is going on?

Working with partners across the region, we run a programme of regular events for the public. Go to the events page to see details of our upcoming events. We also run a volunteer programme, and have a task force of volunteers who help to build up our database and learn some of the skills identifying and recording wildlife.

Who supports us?

EYE is a Newcastle University project which is being managed by Tyne & Wear Museums, and sponsored by Northumbrian Water. The Project has been made possible through a grant of £226,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition, it receives funding and support from Natural England, the North East Regional Museums Hub, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Tyne & Wear Museums Business Partners.