Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

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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
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
Fly Agaric New Park Wood by Brenda Astley websize



Introduction to Fungi

4th Oct 2015
Sunday 4th October. 1-3pm
Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Join Newcastle Ranger, Mike Hancock, for a walk around the reserve to see what species of mushroom and toadstool can be found. Mike has only recently learnt to identify fungi himself; this event is aimed at beginners who would like to start to learn more about this fascinating group of species. Free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society Office to book.
Migrating geese



Autumn Birds on Holy Island

18th Oct 2015
Sunday 18th Oct, 10am-3.45pm

Ian Kerr, author of The Birds of Holy Island, will help us track down migrating birds and if conditions are favourable we hope to find some of the rarer species. At this time of year wintering wildfowl and waders will also be arriving along with associated birds of prey. This is an all-day event so you will need a packed lunch.

Free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society Office to book.
Fungi Castle Eden Dene



Fantastic Fungi at Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve, Peterlee

31st Oct 2015
Sunday 31st October 10am-1pm.

Join the Environmental Records Information Centre North East & Natural England to find out more about the exciting world of fungi as we venture into Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve. Learn how to identify different species and play an active role in their conservation through recording.

This event is suitable for children, it is free and transport will be provided from the Great North Museum: Hancock but booking is essential, call 0191 222 5158 or for more details.
Dunlin at St Mary Island 2012 copyright Peter Fawcett



Introduction to Winter Waders, Blyth Estuary, Northumberland

1st Nov 2015
Sunday 1st November, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Despite it's industrial setting, the Blyth Estuary is one of the most important areas along the Northumberland coast for winter wading birds. As the tide rises we will walk along the river bank to look for a selection of wading and estuary birds in winter plumage. Hopefully there will be Dunlin, godwits, plovers, Redshanks, Turnstone, Curlew and perhaps a few others. Society Director, James Littlewood, will give you pointers on how to tell the different species apart in the field. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars or a telescope if you have them.

Meet on the riverside path adjacent to Cowley Road, Blyth, NE24 5TF (grid ref NZ298 824).

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.