Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

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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.

To download our talks programme click here.

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.