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Take a stand for Gosforth Park Nature Reserve!

Persimmon Homes have renewed their efforts to build 217 starter homes directly opposite Gosforth Park Nature Reserve – the North East’s oldest nature reserve and one of the last true wild spaces within the limits of Newcastle.

NHSN are objecting to this proposal on the grounds that it poses a clear threat to local wildlife, further degrades key wildlife corridors and is in direct breach of North Tyneside Council’s own commitments to biodiversity, as well as contrary to the Local Plan which designates this site for employment use.

Please consider giving a voice to treasured local wildlife and join us to say no to Persimmon Homes.

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Show your support for North East Nature – Join NHSN!

Join NHSN today to immediately benefit from free access to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, as well as myriad interesting talks, field trips, courses and publications. Your support allows us to take a stand for North East nature, both in Newcastle and the wider region and enables us to continue our work to support and educate the next generation of naturalists.

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Support our Lantern Fund Appeal

Young people face many barriers that prevent them 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.

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Discover nature in the North East

NHSN promotes the study and observation of the natural world and, in doing so, aims to inspire wonder in North East nature. Something achieved through our education programmes; collections and library based at the Great North Museum: Hancock; and our various natural history talks, events and field trips.

You can find out more about NHSN events and trips in our activities section. Come along!


Read the latest news from NHSN

Check out our news section to read about the latest happenings inside NHSN, as well as nature notebooks and general interest articles from our fantastic members, supporters, staff and volunteers. This also the place to hear about the latest sightings at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and read about the latest discoveries in the NHSN archive.

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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 North East Otter Survey

Tuesday 15 October, 5.30 – 6.30pm With Dr Vivien Kent Hear more about an annual project monitoring the population and distribution of Otters in North East England in this talk […]


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.


Conservation and Research

NHSN aims to safeguard the flora and fauna of North East England - this is how we do it.



Read our latest news and stories.


Great North Museum: Hancock

Our museum 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.



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.



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.