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Talks, field trips, events & activities

Welcome to our action-packed programme of talks, outings and activities.

Red Squirrel - Jim Meikle ©

Upcoming events

22nd
September
2018

Building Stones of Grainger Town, Newcastle

Building Stones of Grainger Town, Newcastle

Grainger Town © Derek Teasdale

Saturday 22 September, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Join Derek Teasdale for a gentle guided walk to examine the beautiful sandstone buildings and exotic finishing stones used to create one of the country’s architectural gems.

Meet at Grey’s Monument, Newcastle upon Tyne.

24th
September
2018

Anemones of the Spirit, Sea, Air and Juvenescence

Anemones of the Spirit, Sea, Air and Juvenescence

Blue Anemone © Charlotte Powell

Monday 24 September – Monday 10 December

In this autumn art exhibition, artist Charlotte Powell takes the theme of anemones and highlights the inspiration gained through her research of the books, paintings and records in the NHSN library, archive, herbarium, and the spirit and Blaschka collections in the Discovery Museum.

Explore Charlotte’s nine drawings born from this research, and discover how museum and library collections can inspire each and every one of us differently.

26th
September
2018

Meet the Artist: Charlotte Powell

Meet the Artist: Charlotte Powell

Blue Anemone © Charlotte Powell

Wednesday 26 September, 1.00 – 2.00pm

Join us in the GNM: Hancock Library to meet Charlotte Powell, the local artist behind our new exhibition Anemones of the Spirit, Sea, Air and Juvenescence. Hear more about Charlotte’s journey and how she was inspired by the botanical artworks of the late Margaret Rebecca Dickinson and the contents of the NHSN archive.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please go to Eventbrite here.

 

28th
September
2018

Great North Museum: Hancock presents 'Planet 2.0'

Great North Museum: Hancock presents 'Planet 2.0'

Friday 28 September, 6.00 – 10.00pm

Science Uncovered returns for European Researchers Night 2018. Join us in the GNM: Hancock library to view a fascinating range of material associated with this year’s theme, biodiversity. Please come along and also visit the NHSN stall in the main museum.

Free to all, no booking required.

29th
September
2018

Boundary Beating at GPNR

Boundary Beating at GPNR

Woodland, GPNR © Florence Davis

Saturday 29 September, 10.00 – 11.30am
Saturday 01 December, 10.00 – 11.30am

Keep fit, healthy and wild on a brisk walk beating the boundary of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve with Volunteer Warden Des Matheson. This event is not a race but is unsuitable for those looking to stop to take numerous photographs or wait to see rare birds. Please bring snacks and water to keep yourself fighting fit.

Meet at the entrance to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, NE3 5EP.

Free to members, no booking required. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £3:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

5th
October
2018

A History of Fishing & Fisheries in the North Sea

A History of Fishing & Fisheries in the North Sea

Friday 05 October, 18.29 – 18.45.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Georgina Hunt will give a talk on the development of the fishing industry in the North Sea from the 19th century to the present, including the changes on fishing gear and power over the course of the past century. She will also discuss the associated impacts of fishing on North Sea fish.

These ‘1829 Lectures’, named after the year NHSN was founded, all take place at the apt time of 6.29 pm, or 18:29. The talks will allow members and supporters to enjoy a greater range of engaging topics alongside our popular and regular Friday evening talks.

5th
October
2018

Connecting people through birds: insights from colour-ringing seabirds

Connecting people through birds: insights from colour-ringing seabirds

Ringed Juvenile Common Tern ©

Friday 05 October, 7.00 – 8.00pm.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Although uniquely-numbered metal rings have been used to study bird movements, migration and survival rates for many years, useful information is only generated if the bird is recaptured or found dead. In addition to metal rings, coloured plastic rings inscribed with simple codes that are readable with good optics are increasingly being used for specific projects. Such colour rings offer a powerful approach for gaining new insights into bird biology and provide additional value from national and international birding.

In this talk, Dr Chris Redfern will describe some initial results from colour-ringing projects on seabirds in Northumberland and what we hope to learn in the future.

6th
October
2018

A Beginner's Guide to Tree Identification

A Beginner's Guide to Tree Identification

GPNR Trees © Florence Davis

Saturday 06 October, 10.00am – 12.00pm

N.B. This event is now fully booked, but places on the waiting list may still be available. Follow the link to Eventbrite below.

Have you ever wanted to identify trees but have no idea where to start? Bill Burlton, retired Forestry Commission regional Environment Manager, for a how-to session suitable for beginner and perennial learners.

From little seeds, big trees grow. This event is one of three ‘Acorn Sessions’ to provide new ways for NHSN members and supporters to experience and enjoy Gosforth Park Nature Reserve relating to health and well-being, ecological knowledge and cultural inspiration.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please go to Eventbrite here.

6th
October
2018

Fungal Foray at Holystone North Wood

Fungal Foray at Holystone North Wood

Common Ink Caps © Geoff Taylor

Saturday 06 October, 11.00am

Expert, Dr Gordon Beakes will lead a search for autumn fungi with a possible detour higher into the Holystone Burn valley. Gordon is a mycologist, retired from the University of Newcastle, and has led many forays for the Society.

Meet at the Forestry Commission car park at NT 951023 at 11 am and bring a packed lunch. Please wear clothing suitable for upland Northumberland in autumn.

Free to members, no booking required. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

 

12th
October
2018

Monitoring UK Mammals through the Citizen Science Project 'MammalWeb'

Monitoring UK Mammals through the Citizen Science Project 'MammalWeb'

Friday 12 October, 18.29 – 18.45.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

‘MammalWeb’ is a project designed by Durham University in collaboration with Durham Wildlife Trust, which involves citizen scientists uploading and classifying camera trap images of UK mammals. The data gathered can provide important information about the distribution and behaviour of mammals. Sammy Mason will talk about some of the accomplishments and findings from the project so far and the plans they have for the future.

These ‘1829 Lectures’, named after the year NHSN was founded, all take place at the apt time of 6.29 pm, or 18:29. The talks will allow members and supporters to enjoy a greater range of engaging topics alongside our popular and regular Friday evening talks.

19th
October
2018

The Impact of Human Settlements on Seagrasses in the Bahamas

The Impact of Human Settlements on Seagrasses in the Bahamas

Friday 19 October, 18.29 – 18.45.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Izzy Lake will discuss the differences in turtle grass occurring both near to and far from human settlements in Eleuthera, Bahamas. To do this, she uses a combination of metrics including the density of seagrass pastures, the density of the human settlements and the biomass of seagrass tissue.

These ‘1829 Lectures’, named after the year NHSN was founded, all take place at the apt time of 6.29 pm, or 18:29. The talks will allow members and supporters to enjoy a greater range of engaging topics alongside our popular and regular Friday evening talks.

20th
October
2018

A View from the Hide

A View from the Hide

Ridley Bird Hide, GPNR © Jill Tate

Saturday 20 October, 1.00 – 3.00pm

Join photographer Chris Castling for an introductory look at the wetlands of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. Find out more about the reserve and, if you are lucky, enjoy views of otter, bittern, water rail and other local specialities. Please ask questions!

Meet in the Ridley Hide.

Free to members, no booking required. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

23rd
October
2018

The Amazing Mr Lear

The Amazing Mr Lear

Blue & Yellow Macaw by Edward Lear © NHSN

Tuesday 23 October, 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Join us in the GNM: Hancock library for a rare chance to view the works of Edward Lear. Appreciate the beauty of nature and how it has been represented by highly-skilled artists in his many books.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please go to Eventbrite here.

24th
October
2018

A Wild Intrigue for Northumberland

A Wild Intrigue for Northumberland

Wednesday 24 October, 5.30 – 7.00pm

Join conservationist, Heather Louise Devey, and filmmaker, Cain Scrimgeour, for an evening of film, photography and discussion, to discover how they are re-embracing families and individuals with their ‘wild sides’ through the intrigue of nature.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5: http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please visit Eventbrite here.

26th
October
2018

Tales of Scavenging Amphipods from the West Australian Basin

Tales of Scavenging Amphipods from the West Australian Basin

Friday 26 October, 18.29 – 18.45.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

The deepest 45% of the ocean (6000-11,000m) encompasses the hadal zone and one of the least understood ecosystems on the planet. Endemic hadal fauna, such as scavenging amphipods, must withstand low food availability, no natural light, and crushing hydrostatic pressure. This talk by Johanna Weston will focus on the scavenging amphipod community from the West Australian Basin in the Indian Ocean, an area which is not a subduction trench, but just deep enough to be classed as hadal.

These ‘1829 Lectures’, named after the year NHSN was founded, all take place at the apt time of 6.29 pm, or 18:29. The talks will allow members and supporters to enjoy a greater range of engaging topics alongside our popular and regular Friday evening talks.

27th
October
2018

Coffee Flask and Camera Session

Coffee Flask and Camera Session

Chiffchaff, GPNR © Christopher Wren

Saturday 27 October, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Join Neil Pont for an informal, drop-in session to discover the bird-life of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about wildlife photography and to socialise with friends in the reserves Laurence Hide.

Free to members, no booking required. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

 

2nd
November
2018

How to Kill Slugs - a Guide!

How to Kill Slugs - a Guide!

Friday 02 November, 18.29 – 18.45.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Gastropod damage to crop plants has a significant economic impact on the UK’s agricultural and horticultural industries, with the grey field slug being particularly culpable. Samantha Da Silva will introduce the grey field slug, explain why slugs are such a problem to agriculture and are so hard to kill; then, discuss what to do about the problem and touch on how slugs can be killed on an agricultural scale.

These ‘1829 Lectures’, named after the year NHSN was founded, all take place at the apt time of 6.29 pm, or 18:29. The talks will allow members and supporters to enjoy a greater range of engaging topics alongside our popular and regular Friday evening talks.

2nd
November
2018

Spiders: a natural history

Spiders: a natural history

Spider © NHSN

Friday 02 November, 7.00 – 8.00pm.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Spiders are all around us and an important component of our ecosystem, but generally receive a bad press. In his presentation, Geoff Oxford will cover aspects of the fascinating biology of spiders, including their arachnid relatives in Britain, silk and the multiple ways it is used, feeding, reproduction and growth. Finally, he will say a few words about the British Arachnological Society and end on why we should all care about spiders.

Geoff is an Honorary Fellow of the University of York. He has had a fondness for spiders (an arachnophile) for many years and is an authority on both colour variation and speciation in spiders. He co-authored the recently published Britain’s Spiders (2017) and will bring some copies for sale (£18) and some packs of factsheets (£3.50) to buy at the talk (cash only).

6th
November
2018

Tales from the Museum Tour

Tales from the Museum Tour

Tuesday 06 November, 6.00 – 7.15pm

Have you ever wondered about the stories some of the amazing objects in the Great North Museum: Hancock could tell us if they could talk? Join our Archivist June Holmes on a fantastic journey through the museum, as she reveals the legends and anecdotes behind some of our best-loved exhibits.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please go to Eventbrite here.

9th
November
2018

Sentinel of the North Sea - Introducing the White-Beaked Dolphin Project

Sentinel of the North Sea - Introducing the White-Beaked Dolphin Project

Friday 09 November, 18.29 – 18.45.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Matt Sharpe introduces the North East White Beaked (NEWBD), a new project based at Newcastle university that combines state-of-the-art research methods and citizen involvement to comprehensively assess the conservation status of white-beaked dolphins off the Northumberland Coast. The project’s goals are to provide baseline data on the population, assess anthropogenic threats, inform management, and increase the profile of marine mammals in the North East. The talk will also discuss the use of marine mammals as ecosystem sentinels, and how we plan to assess persistent organic pollutants and their potential impact to the North Sea ecosystem.

These ‘1829 Lectures’, named after the year NHSN was founded, all take place at the apt time of 6.29 pm, or 18:29. The talks will allow members and supporters to enjoy a greater range of engaging topics alongside our popular and regular Friday evening talks.

14th
November
2018

Saplings and Spades: the story behind the book

Saplings and Spades: the story behind the book

Woodland clearing © Florence Davis

Wednesday 14 November, 5.30 – 7.00pm

Author David Parkins gives an insight into the background and inspiration for his new book, Saplings and Spades: a Woodland Returns. A tale of one man’s quest to establish a woodland from scratch in the Northumbrian countryside.

Buy David’s book from our shop here.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5: http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please visit Eventbrite here.

16th
November
2018

Kathleen Blackburn: Botanist

Kathleen Blackburn: Botanist

Kathleen Bever Blackburn

Friday 16 November, 7.00 – 8.00pm.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Living in the first half of the 20th century, Kathleen Blackburn was one of the most important botanists the North East has ever produced. Based in Newcastle, she had an international reputation in cytogenetics and palynology.

Dr Alan Hart’s talk will expand on his paper in Northumbrian Naturalist (2017, v.83), including a discussion of cytogenetic methods of the day, the recognition given for her early work, data collection for pollen analysis, the expeditions to the Hebrides and, briefly, her later life. Her connections with the controversial Professor J.W. Heslop Harrison will also be touched on.

Alan is a retired plant scientist and biotechnologist who now appears from time to time in the NHSN library and archives.

17th
November
2018

ERIC Conference 2018

ERIC Conference 2018

Saturday 17 November, 9.30am

A great opportunity to find out about some of the wildlife recording and survey work that is taking place across the region. The programme will include a number of short talks and an opportunity to network over lunch.

For full details and to book your place, visit www.ericnortheast.org.uk or
phone 0191 208 5158.

19th
November
2018

Tom Russell Goddard (1889-1948)

Tom Russell Goddard (1889-1948)

T.R. Goddard © NHSN

Monday 19 November, 2.00 – 3.00pm

Learn about one of the North East’s most influential museum curators, T. Russell Goddard. Join long-standing NHSN member and Farne Islands Archivist Anne Wilson for a journey through Goddard’s life and achievements, with an illustrated talk and selected material from our archive.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5: http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please visit Eventbrite here.

20th
November
2018

North East Nature Quiz Evening

North East Nature Quiz Evening

Snipe © Olive Taylor

Tuesday 20 November, 5.30 – 7.00pm

Can you tell your Snipe from your Jack Snipe and your bedstraws from your buttercups? Join Chris Metherell and Sean Linley for an informal, evening quiz centred on north east wildlife. Come along and catch-up with friends as you test your local knowledge in the GNM: Hancock.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5: http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please visit Eventbrite here.

23rd
November
2018

Bird Ringing at the Gosforth Park Nature Reserve Feeding Station

Bird Ringing at the Gosforth Park Nature Reserve Feeding Station

Nuthatch © Phil Hanmer

Friday 23 November, 10.00am – 1.00pm

An opportunity to see birds visiting the feeding station in the hand and to learn what information may be gained through the study of bird movements. Join Dr Chris Redfern, and volunteer wardens Jane Gray and Philip Jordan, to get up close and personal with the bird-life of the reserve.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please go to Eventbrite here.

23rd
November
2018

Prioritising conservation action under a changing climate

Prioritising conservation action under a changing climate

Silver-washed Fritillary

Friday 23 November, 7.00 – 8.00pm.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Climate change is already altering the populations and distributions of species, but how should conservationists respond to these impacts? Dr Colin Beale is working to identify the species and spaces that might be changing in conservation status due to climate change across the UK and worldwide. 

Colin is a lecturer in the Department of Biology at York University. His research looks into the spatial processes in ecology and species distribution, from single landscapes to global biodiversity patterns.

24th
November
2018

Tree Planting at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Tree Planting at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Tree planting at GPNR

Saturday 24 November, 10.00am – 1.00pm

As part of National Tree Planting Week we will be planting native species of trees and shrubs to diversify the age and structure of parts of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. Everyone welcome, tools and training provided.

Meet at the entrance to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, NE3 5EP.

Free to all, no booking required. 

4th
December
2018

The Wonderful Legacies of Hewitson and Tully

The Wonderful Legacies of Hewitson and Tully

W. C. Hewitson's butterflies © NHSN

Tuesday 04 December, 5.30 – 7.00pm

A rare chance to view and enjoy rare works of ornithology and entomology donated to the Natural History Society of Northumbria by William Chapman Hewitson (1878) and Harry Tully (1951). Learn more about their work and see examples of some of the beautifully illustrated books they collected.

Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/make-a-donation/

Or please consider joining us:
http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/become-a-member/

Booking essential. To book, please go to Eventbrite here.

10th
May
2019

Exclusive Holidays with Naturetrek

Exclusive Holidays with Naturetrek

© Ralf Lotys

Natural History Society of Northumbria exclusive 2019 holidays with Naturetrek. For the first time we are offering two trips at different times of the year, as follows:

Poland in Spring: 10 – 17 May 2019, 8 days, £1395

The extensive forests and marshes of eastern Poland have long been a favourite of birdwatchers. This popular spring tour focuses on two of the country’s very best wildlife reserves, the primaeval forests of Bialowieza and the extensive marshlands and floodplains of Biebrza National Park. Within these two contrasting areas, you can enjoy not just the birds, but mammals also.

Romania’s Danube Delta & Carpathian Mountains: 2nd – 11 September 2019, 10 days, £1695

From the extensive wetlands of the Danube basin to the high peaks of the Carpathian Mountains, Romania boats a remarkable abundance of wildflowers, butterflies and mammals, as well as a long list of exciting birds. You will spend 3 whole days on a floating hotel exploring the waterways of the immense Danube Delta, followed by time deep in the Transylvanian Carpathians.

For more information about these trips, please call the Naturetrek office on 01962 733051 or email info@naturetrek.co.uk

Download our latest events programme here for a full itinerary of this seasons activities

About Talks, Field Trips, Events & Activities

Outdoor Events

Throughout the year, 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 event information.

For many events, you can just turn up at the meeting place, but some events must be booked in advance and this is stated in the event information. You must make your own way to the meeting point. Please arrive early so that the event can start on time.

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 activity then please contact the Society Office in advance – we would welcome a donation or please consider joining us.

Indoor Events

From October to March the Society invites experts in the natural world to give inspiring lectures to our members and the wider public.

Our Friday evening lectures have changed venue. Due to popular demand for our talks, Newcastle University has kindly made available a larger venue at their Ridley Building. A map to the new venue and parking details is below, and available on this downloadable leaflet.

Entry is from 6.20pm and tea/coffee/biscuits are available and the opportunity to socialise. Speakers give an illustrated presentation for 45mins-1 hour and then open the floor for questions.

On site parking is limited to blue badge holders only. There is a public car park directly opposite the Ridley Building on Claremont Road.

Non-members are very welcome to attend, and we ask that they kindly make a donation on the night to support these lectures.

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