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Lantern Fund Appeal

Young people face many barriers in getting close to nature.  You have been telling us at recent NHSN events that we should be doing more to help young people experience the natural world – and we agree! That’s why we have launched our 2018 Lantern Fund Appeal to facilitate direct contact between young people and the natural world. Click here to donate.


Inspiring Wonder

NHSN promotes the study of the natural world and, in doing so, inspires wonder at the nature of North-East England. Something achieved through our education programmes; collections and library based at the Great North Museum: Hancock; and our various conservation initiatives.

© Six-spot Burnets, Christopher Castling

Read the latest news from NHSN

Check out our news section to read about the latest happenings inside NHSN, including updates from the ‘Towards 2029 Resilient Heritage Project’  as well as events, recaps and members articles.

Grey Seal © Mark Bowen

Discover the Nature of North East England

Enjoy access to our nature reserve, education courses, field trips, talks, publications, library and archive.


Become a member

Become a member

Join the Natural History Society of Northumbria today to support nature in the northeast of England, visit Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and learn about the natural world. It costs less than 65p a week.


Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

One of the best wildlife watching sites in Newcastle and Tyne & Wear, this private nature reserve is important for its rare fauna and flora.



The Amazing Mr Lear

Tuesday 23 October, 5.30pm – 7.00pm N.B. This event is now fully booked, but places on the waiting list may still be available. Follow the link to Eventbrite below. Join […]


Education courses

Learn more about the natural world from local experts in an informal and friendly atmosphere and meet other people who share similar interests.



Our archive has over 16,000 amazing artworks, photographs, letters, diaries, notebooks and other autograph material. These items and their stories are inspiration for writers, artists, naturalists, scientists and researchers studying natural history, local social history, and the history of art in the North East.



Read our latest news and stories.


Great North Museum: Hancock

Our museum in Newcastle, is the only natural history museum in the north of England and following a £26 million redevelopment is one of the region’s top tourist attractions and must-see venues, with nearly 1/2 million visits a year.


Conservation & research

One of the Society’s aims is to protect the flora and fauna of North East England - this is how we do it.



Our specialist natural history library in the Great North Museum: Hancock holds a collection of over 12,000 volumes of books and journals. You can search our library catalogue or make a visit.