Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

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Crossbill, Harwood Forest © Peter Fawcett



Birds of Kielder Forest

7th Mar 2015
Saturday 7th March, 9.30am - 3pm

Weather permitting, March can be a good month to look for some of the specialist bird species found in our coniferous forests such as Goshawk and Crossbill. We will also keep an eye out for Red Squirrel and look for Mandarin Duck.

Free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society Office to book.
small mammal event GPNR © NHSN websize



NHSN Summer Programme

23rd Mar 2015
We are in the process of organising a fantastic summer programme of outdoor activities for you. This will include some favourites: badger watching, nightjar & woodcock, bugs & botany, roseate terns, small mammals and dawn bird song. Plus plenty of new ones.

Details will be posted here by late March.
Scottish Seabird Centre Boat Trip



Birds of Bass Rock & Aberlady Bay

19th Apr 2015
Sunday 19 April, 8.45am-5.30pm.
Bass Rock & Aberlady Bay (Scotland)

We will be taking a small coach up to the Firth of Forth departing from the Great North Museum and with a pick-up at Alnwick. We will visit the estuary at Aberlady Bay on a rising time. We hope to see late wintering seaduck such as Velvet Scoter and Slavonian Grebe as well wading birds. After packed lunch we will join a 1-hour boat tour with the Scottish Seabird Centre around Bass Rock, home to 150,000 Gannets (the world’s largest colony). We should see other seabirds such as Razorbill, Guillemot and Shag and if we are really lucky porpoise/dolphin.

Cost for coach and boat: Adults £34, Children £26 and Conc (Students and 60+) £32 . Please contact the Society Office to book.

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.