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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

30th
November
2018

Working together: nature and wildlife of the North East and the Trust's strategy for nature from city to countryside

Working together: nature and wildlife of the North East and the Trust's strategy for nature from city to countryside

Fox Cub at Whitley Bay © Richard Potts

Friday 30 November, 7.00 – 8.00pm. Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Becky Hetherington and Robyn Brown from the National Trust…

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.

7th
December
2018

Liberating geology: the development of digital geological mapping and modelling in the UK and globally

Liberating geology: the development of digital geological mapping and modelling in the UK and globally

Friday 07 December, 7.00 – 8.00pm.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

The advent of dependable spatial computing in the early 1990s allowed the British Geological Survey (BGS) to contemplate production of digital geological maps for the whole of the UK. 2006 saw BGS use this platform to initiate a global project – OneGeology – to help transform the way geological surveys around the world provided access to their map data. The digital revolution has given geologists the ability to share knowledge as never before, but the greatest benefit by far has been the power to communicate the relevance and value of geology to society at large.

Speaker Ian Jackson is the former Director of Information for the British Geological Survey. One of the main tenets of his work is applying geoscience data to the benefit of society, of which the OneGeology project is an example.

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: 2 – 11 September 2019, 10 days, £1695

From the extensive wetlands of the Danube basin to the high peaks of the Carpathian Mountains, Romania boasts 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 6.00pm for our new 1829 lectures (starting at 18:29). Tea, coffee and biscuits are available and the opportunity to socialise. Speakers give an illustrated presentation for 45 mins-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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