Thanks to the work of the North Pennines Black Grouse Recovery Programme our region is one of the best places in England to see these charismatic moorland birds. We will be visiting the site of a Lek (where large numbers of males try to attract females) which takes place in early morning. After watching this wonderful natural spectacle we will go on a short safari-style drive to look for other upland wildlife and then return to the Langdon Beck Hotel for a cooked breakfast, where we will also have a short film and talk about Black Grouse by Chris McCarty from Natural England.
For those who would like to, after breakfast we will go on a 3 mile walk looking for breeding waders, Ring Ouzel and other upland birds and plants
The cost for this event is £16, which includes a £5 donation towards the Black Grouse Programme and a cooked breakfast at the Langdon Beck Hotel (veggie option available). An £11 deposit must be paid in advance.
Please contact the Society Office to book by 28th March.
If you would like to stay overnight: Langdon Beck Hotel tel 01833 622267 (ask for Sue & book as B&B and explain you are on the Black Grouse Watch on the 26th so you don't get charged twice for breakfast) or Youth Hostel (1km away) tel. 01833 622228 (book bed only, don't order breakfast, have it at Hotel with the rest of the group).
Please do not book any accommodation until you have paid your £11 deposit.
About Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities
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.
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.