Learn more about the natural world from local experts in an informal and friendly atmosphere and meet other people who share similar interests. Latest courses on this page.
Courses start in the autumn, after Christmas and after Easter and are usually open for booking 2 months in advance. Please contact us to reserve your place.
Thursdays from 27 April, 2pm – 4.0pm
Great North Museum: Hancock + Field Outings
Learn more about bird watching and how to better identify the birds you see. Keith Bowey, one of the region’s best known ornithologists, leads this 10 session course to introduce you to the birds of the North East and their habitats, with a focus on County Durham in summer. There will be 5 field trips.
Cost: £85 (Concessions: £70)
Thursdays from 27 April, 10.30am-12.30pm.
Shakespeare Hall (Durham City Centre) + Field Outings
Learn more about bird watching and how to better identify the birds you see. Keith Bowey, one of the region’s best known ornithologists, leads this 10 session course to introduce you to the birds of the North East and their habitats, with a focus on County Durham in summer. There will be 5 field trips
Cost: £85 (Concessions: £70)
Monday 15th May 2017 – 10.30 am or Thursday 18th May 2017 – 10.30 am
4 indoor sessions and 3 full day field-trips.
Join Derek Teasdale as he visits some of his favourite geological sites in Northumberland. Highlights will include: the sublime Northumberland coast between Howick Bay and Cullernose Point; the Fell Sandstone ridge at Bowden Doors in North Northumberland, with its stunning views of the Cheviot Hills; and a day out to Rothbury. Learn about the geology of Northumberland, whilst having a grand day out (ice creams optional).
Booking required via Society Office. Price £85, concessions £70.
Saturday 1st July, 2 – 5 pm
“Did you ever fancy sketching to enhance a field notebook or start a journal of wildlife encounters? Aimed at nature enthusiasts, botanists and birders, this sketching session by the seashore with John Steele, will encourage everyone to “see” rather than just “view” a subject and help develop personal observation skills.”
Participants will need a sketch book and a soft 2B pencil, boots and waterproofs. An umbrella may be helpful if weather is changeable.
Booking necessary via Society Office on 0191 2082790. Price £10, concessions £8.
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 10.00am – 4.00pm.
This 2-day course run by the North Pennines AONB Partnership is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the special woodland moths of the North Pennine uplands, looking closely at moths found in the Derwent Gorge NNR. Morning sessions will include moth identification techniques and ecology and afternoons will be spent identifying live moths (trapped previously), where you will be grouped according to experience level.
Edmundbyers Village Hall, Consett, Co. Durham (with optional Sat evening trapping session). £60 per person.
Book online at www.northpennines.org.uk/events
To book a course please call 0191 208 2790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org we will reserve your place and advise you how to make your payment. Once you have reserved your place, you can make an online payment by clicking here.
To enrol on our courses you must usually be a member of the Natural History Society of Northumbria unless stated. For details of membership click here.
Our courses vary in length, costs and the amount of time spent on field trips or in the classroom, so please check each course for details. All our courses are suitable for beginner and intermediate level unless stated otherwise.
For outdoor classes you will need to make your own way to the meeting point (although we encourage car sharing where possible). You will also need to be physically able to walk on unsurfaced paths and up steps/slopes.
Unless stated, classroom sessions take place either in the Great North Museum: Hancock or the University of Newcastle campus, both in central Newcastle upon Tyne.
If you have questions about any of our courses, please contact us and we will be pleased to help, or you can download our full terms and conditions.
I really love being able to get to grips with specimens indoors, and then having the opportunity to see what we had studied actually growing outdoors. Fascinating!
Fiona Aungier, LOWER PLANTS STUDENT
I enjoy the course very much. Really, it’s just getting together with knowledgeable friends!
Barry McWilliam, QUATERNARY STUDENT
I like everything about my course! Our tutor is great, I really enjoy the field trips and you make friends with people who have the same interests.
Sylvia Jones, BIRDS OF THE NORTH EAST STUDENT
Having the courses in the Society’s home at the Great North Museum: Hancock enables us to look at the actual fossil specimens and appreciate them more.
Rose Kay, ORIGINS OF MAN STUDENT