Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

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Iceland Gull

Jan

04

Birds of the Tyne Estuary

4th Jan 2015
Sunday 4th January, 09.30 - 11.30

The mouth of the Tyne Estuary in winter is a great place to view gulls, waders and seabirds. Dan Turner will help explain the different species and if we are lucky we may come across Glaucous or Iceland Gulls at the fish quay. Dan will also explain about some of the history and geography of the area. The walk will be around 1 mile, mostly on paths but dress for the cold. This is also a great place to buy fish & chips or fresh fish! These events are free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society office.
red kite

Jan

25

Red Kite Roost, Derwent Valley, Gateshead

25th Jan 2015
Sunday 25th January, 2.30 - 5pm

On winter afternoons Red Kites flock together to roost, sometimes making a spectacular sight. Following their reintroduction to the North East there is now a roost site in the Derwent Valley which is monitored by The Friends of Red Kites. They have kindly offered the opportunity for our members to join them. This event will involve an easy walk of around half a mile to the viewing point and then watching the birds come in to roost. The Friends will also explain about some of the birds’ behaviour and the reintroduction programme so far. The walk back from the roost will take place in the dusk and so we recommend that as well as very warm clothes you also bring a torch. You may also wish to bring a flask of hot drink and snacks.

Meet in the free car park signposted on the A694 at Winlaton Mill, if you are travelling from Newcastle direction the car park is on the left (Grid ref NZ187609). Postcode for Satnav NE21 6RU.
P1010127 ©Paul Drummond1

Feb

07

Introduction to Winter Tree Identification

7th Feb 2015
Saturday 7th February, 1 - 2.30pm

Would you like to learn how to identify the different trees found in our woodlands? The reserve warden, Paul Drummond, will lead you on a walk in Gosforth Nature Reserve and teach you how to tell the different trees species apart in winter.

Free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society Office to book.
Iceland Gull

Feb

08

Birds of the Tyne Estuary

8th Feb 2015
Sunday 8th February, 9.30-11.30am

The mouth of the Tyne Estuary in winter is a great place to view gulls, waders and seabirds. Dan Turner will help explain the different species and if we are lucky we may come across Glaucous or Iceland Gulls at the fish quay. Dan will also explain about some of the history and geography of the area. The walk will be around 1 mile, mostly on paths but dress for the cold. This is also a great place to buy fish & chips or fresh fish! These events are free but booking is required to manage numbers. Please contact the Society office.
Crossbill, Harwood Forest © Peter Fawcett p.r.w.f@btinternet.com

Mar

07

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.

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.