In the past year, the government has announced it has protected 21 hectares of habitat in the Northeast, with a £3 million investment.
On top of this, 12km of river has been improved, with 8,000 trees planted throughout the region to improve biodiversity and air quality.
The Environment Agency has delivered this work as part of the Northeast Environment Programme, with more than 50 partners contributing £461,000 of the funding.
Endangered river species have also been protected through the programme including the white-clawed crayfish.
Fiona Morris from the Environment Agency said: “Together with our partners we are committed to driving forward innovative environmental improvements and continuing to deliver this ambitious programme of environmental improvements for people and wildlife in the Northeast.”