Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

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Introduction to Winter Waders & Sea Birds

23rd Nov 2014
Sunday 23 Nov, 1pm-4pm

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Northumberland

We will watch a good selection of waders and wildfowl on the mudflats at Fenham as the tide rises. Depending on the weather we will move to either Ross Back Sands or Bamburgh, where we should see Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe and Red-throated Diver and with a bit of luck some of the less common species. Please come dressed for the winter and bring a telescope if you have one.

Meet in the bird hide at the end of the minor road past Fenham-le-Moor and please park sensibly on the verge (grid ref NU097398); coming from the south turn right off the A1 just before Buckton.

Leader: James Littlewood




The remarkable foraging behaviour of Gannets by Professor Keith Hamer

28th Nov 2014
Friday 28th November, 7-8pm

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Gannets are one of the few UK seabirds that has dramatically increased in recent decades, but why? Keith Hamer will describe how studies of Gannets at different colonies around the UK have helped to reveal some of the secrets of this remarkable bird's sustained success and to highlight key dangers for the future.

Keith Hamer is Professor of Animal Ecology at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on wildlife ecology and the conservation of biodiversity in natural and managed landscapes and seascapes, with a particular emphasis on trophic ecology: what animals eat, how they get enough, and how this determines both their responses to environmental change and their contributions to broader ecosystem-level processes.



Gliding Reptiles, Strange Fishes & Barrier Reefs: Northumbrian Wildlife in the Permian Period by Tim Pettigrew

5th Dec 2014
Friday 5th December, 7-8pm

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Tim will describe the evidence for the catastrophic flooding of the Northumbrian Permian desert by the Zechstein Sea, which then formed the habitat for an amazing diversity of plants and animals. The creatures of the remarkable barrier reef, which developed in what is now County Durham, will also be described, including one animal hitherto un-recorded in the UK. The slow demise of the Zechstein Sea coincided with the gradual elimination of the remaining Permian wildlife. The last fossils in Northumbria were preserved in the rocks around Seaham Harbour, before the world-wide mass extinction at the end of the Period, which is widely believed to have been caused by a global warming event.

Tim Pettigrew was in charge of the geological collections at Sunderland Museum from 1975 until 1991.

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.