Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

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Purple Hairstreak spotting at Gosforth Nature Reserve

8th Aug 2015
Saturday 8 August, 4pm – 5pm

Purple Hairstreak butterflies live entirely on Oak trees and there is a healthy population in the reserve. They are very attractive but live in the tree tops and are difficult to see. Join reserve warden Paul Drummond for this drop in session to try and see these butterflies, which tend to be most active on sunny afternoons. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Meet on the woodland path just past the members hut near the reserve entrance. Directions to reserve.
Burnet Moth Northumberland ©Olive Taylor



Moths at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

12th Aug 2015
Wednesday 12 August, 8.45pm – 10.15pm

Join the County Moth Recorder, Tom Tams and reserve warden Paul Drummond to catch and identify moths. The moths are trapped using a bright light and enable you to get close up to these beautiful and rarely seen insects. Gosforth Park has a range of common and rare woodland moths.

We recommend you bring sunglasses as the trapping light is bright, a torch and insect repellent. Meet at the reserve entrance.
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Insect workshop, Cockle Park Science Centre

15th Aug 2015
Saturday 15 August, 10am-4pm

For many insects it is necessary to collect voucher specimens for correct identification and these can be saved in collections. Methods for presenting butterflies and moths, beetles and other groups of insects will be demonstrated and practised.

Free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society Office to book.

Cockle Park Science Centre is run by Newcastle University and is 4 miles north of Morpeth, Northumberland.

Leader: Dr Gordon Port
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Northumberland Coast Bioblitz, Low Newton by-the-Sea

21st Aug 2015
Friday 21 August 11pm – Saturday 22 August 11pm

For 24 hours local naturalists will attempt to record as many species of the flora and fauna as possible. If you want to improve your identification skills or are just keen to see local wildlife, everyone is welcome! From rockpooling to moth surveys there will be lots to get involved with. Times of specific activities tbc, details near the time at
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The geology of Beadnell & Bamburgh

22nd Aug 2015
Saturday 22 August, 10am-3.30pm

We will visit the coast and explore Upper and Middle Limestone groups of the Carboniferous including associated coals along with later igneous intrusions such as the Beadnell Dyke and Whin Sill. Will involve visiting 2 sites with total walking distance of around 4 miles.

Meet in the public car park in Beadnell (grid ref NU 235288 or postcode NE67 5EG). Bring a packed lunch.

Leader: Karl Egeland-Eriksen
Bumble Bee © James Petts



Surveying bees of Northumberland, Newcastle

25th Aug 2015
Tuesday 25 August, 10am-1pm

Bees are important pollinators that play an essential role in our ecosystems and farming but we still have very limited information about where the different species live. In this event you will learn how to identify the different bee species found in Northumberland, including looking in the grounds for them. We hope that afterwards you will be able to identify bees and send us your records to help improve our knowledge of their distribution in our region.

This free event is being delivered in partnership with Northumberland Wildlife Trust and takes place at St Nicholas Park in Gosforth. To book or 0191 284 6884.
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Introduction to Ladybirds, Newcastle

27th Aug 2015
Thursday 27 August, 11.30am-1pm

Local expert Cathleen Thomas will give an introductory talk about the different ladybird species found in our area and we will then go out into the grounds of the museum and surrounding areas to find and identify ladybirds in the field.

Meet at the front desk of the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, NE2 4PT.
Beetles © Florence Davis



Mini-beast hunt

4th Sep 2015
Friday 4 September, 1pm-3pm
Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Have fun hunting for beetles, caterpillars, millipedes and lots of other small creatures hiding in the undergrowth.

Children (3+) must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in any time and stay for as long or as little as you like.

Follow the signs from the reserve entrance directions.



Bats in Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

6th Sep 2015
Sunday 6 September, 7.45-9.15pm

Evening event starting around sunset and continuing until dark. There will be a short talk on bat biology and ecology, and as the sun is setting we will walk through the reserve looking for and listening to the bats we find, hopefully species of Pipistrelle, Duabenton’s and Noctule.

Free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society Office to book.

Leader: Jonathan Pounder
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Society Archives Heritage Open Day, Newcastle

11th Sep 2015
Friday 11 September, 11am-3.30pm.

We will be opening the doors of our prestigious Council Room in the Great North Museum: Hancock as part of the national Heritage Open Day weekend. We will be displaying some of our fascinating archive material, including manuscripts and drawings relating to the story of the Museum’s spectacular Giant Spider Crab. Visitors can also see the historic furnishings and paintings in the room.
Water shrew Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, © Mark Houghton



Small Mammals in Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

19th Sep 2015
Saturday 19 September, 10.30am-12.30pm

We will be examining bait tubes and Longworth live traps for signs and presence of small mammals (mice, voles and shrews), participants will be able to re-bait and reset the traps after examination if they wish. Accompanied children welcome. Please be prepared for muddy conditions underfoot. This event is part of our ongoing annual national survey for small mammals, which is being co-ordinated by the Mammal Society UK. Volunteers welcome, training provided.

Free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society Office to book.

Leader: Veronica Carnell



Bird migration at Low Newton, Northumberland coast

20th Sep 2015
We are sorry but this event is now fully booked.

Sunday 20 September, 8am-10.30am

We will start the morning with a visit to the Society’s bird ringers to watch them in action and learn about their work at Low Newton. This is the peak autumn migration period so afterwards we will look around this small National Trust nature reserve for passerines, waders and seabirds. Local expert Jimmy Steele knows the site well and will help to point out the birds and how to identify them. If the weather is in our favour we hope to see some uncommon species. Bring binoculars. Free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society Office to book.

Leader: Jimmy Steele

About Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

Indoor Events

From October to March the Society invites regional and national experts in the natural world to give inspiring lectures to our members and the wider public.

Lectures are usually held every Friday evening, starting at 7pm, in the learning suite on the ground floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock. The museum is closed to the public at this time, so entry is via both side entrances.

Entry is from 6.20pm and tea, coffee and biscuits are available and the opportunity to socialise. Speakers give an illustrated presentation for 45mins-1 hour and then open the floor for questions and discussions.

On site parking is limited to blue badge holders only. There is a car park nearby on Claremont Road. The Museum is a 300m walk from Haymarket Metro and bus stations. For directions click here.

Non-members are very welcome to attend but we ask that they kindly make a donation on the night to support these lectures.

Outdoor Events

Throughout the year local experts lead field meetings to explore the natural world and magical landscapes of Northern England.

Outdoor events are free to members and their families. Some trips require us to hire boats or pay entrance fees and details of these costs are included in the information about the event.

For most events you can just turn up at the meeting place but some events must be booked in advance in order to manage numbers and this is stated in the information. You must make your own way to the meeting point. Please arrive early so that the event can start on time. Some activities last all day so you may need to take a drink and packed lunch with you.

In order to visit the best places our trips take place in natural landscapes that can be unpredictable. It is essential that you wear, or take with you, appropriate clothing and accessories to cope with heat, cold, wet, wind, biting insects and to walk on uneven, slippery or wet surfaces. Before you join any of our outdoor events it is essential that you read our Guidance.

Some events are run in partnership with other organisations or groups but otherwise our outdoor events are exclusively for Society members. If you are not a member and would like to attend an outdoor meeting then this can be arranged by contacting the Society office in advance and making a donation.