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New for 2020: Monthly Membership

You asked for it, and we listened. We’re pleased to announce a new pay monthly option for new or returning NHSN members. You can now opt for a monthly payment of £3.25 for full membership, or just £2.75 for basic membership and spread the cost of joining throughout the year.

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Give the Gift of Nature

Do you know someone obsessed with North East nature? Perhaps they enjoy birdwatching or astronomy, are fascinated by insects, or simply enjoy a quiet, wildlife-fuelled walk in a quaint English woodland. If this is the case, why not buy them the perfect gift – a year’s membership of NHSN!

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Take a stand for Gosforth Nature Reserve!

Persimmon Homes have renewed their efforts to build 217 starter homes directly opposite Gosforth 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 North East England, visit Gosforth Nature Reserve and learn about the natural world. Full membership costs only 75p per week.


Gosforth 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.



1829 Talk: Roads through rainforests: using camera traps to uncover mammal responses to infrastructure

Friday 21 February, 18.29-18.45, Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65 with Laura Braunholtz, Newcastle University Infrastructure such as roads contribute to over 14% of global forest fragmentation and […]


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.



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Great North Museum: Hancock

Our museum is the only natural history museum in the north east 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 holds a collection of over 12,000 volumes of books and journals, acquired since the NHSN's foundation in 1829.