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North East Wildlife Photography Awards 2015, with guest speaker George McGavin

9th Jul 2015
Thursday 9 July, 6pm-8.30pm.
Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle.
Free and open to all.

Forget the Oscars; this is the awards ceremony that counts! Join us for this free, fun and informal event. TV presenter and naturalist George McGavin will talk about "Tales from the Television - bringing the natural world into your living room".

You can see the 140 best entries and watch as the winners are announced (it's a secret so no-one knows if they have won until announced). You will also have a special preview of the exhibition and can meet wildlife photographers. Everyone welcome. Refreshments available.
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Visit to the Society's geology archives, Newcastle

25th Jul 2015
Saturday 25 July, 10.30am-12.30pm

Our archives contain many hidden geological wonders, including: William Hutton's letters from famous geologists of the day; material by Sopwith; early work on Krakatoa; beautiful hand-painted plates on different types of marble; fossil drawings of Anthracosaurus and of course the fossil plant drawings by Lindley and Hutton. This is a wonderful opportunity to see this unique material and learn about it.

Meet in the library in the Great North Museum: Hancock (on the 2nd floor).

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Hoverfly workshop, Cockle Park Science Centre

1st Aug 2015
Saturday 1 August, 10am-4pm

There are many species of this easily recognised family of flies. Stuart Ball is a co-ordinator of the national Hoverfly Recording Scheme. We will show you methods for collecting and observing hoverflies, find out how to identify them and how to contribute records to the national recording scheme.

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.

Leaders: Stuart Ball & Gordon Port
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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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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.

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.