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Talks, field trips, events & activities

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

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly © Florence Davis

Upcoming events

17th
February
2018

Herbarium Tour

Herbarium Tour

Myrica gale © herbaria@home / University of Birmingham

Saturday 17 February, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join Chris Metherell for a rare chance to visit the NHSN herbarium – an impressive collection of over 15,000 plants, collected from the 1800s to the present day.

Free to members. If you would like to join the NHSN, please go to http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/

Meet at the reception desk of the Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4JA.

17th
February
2018

Herbarium Tour

Herbarium Tour

Myrica gale © herbaria@home / University of Birmingham

Saturday 17 February, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join Chris Metherell for a rare chance to visit the NHSN herbarium – an impressive collection of over 15,000 plants, collected from the 1800s to the present day.

Free to members. If you would like to join the NHSN, please go to http://www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/join-us/

Meet at the reception desk of the Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4JA.

23rd
February
2018

Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Friday 23 February, 7pm. Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Professor John Woodward will provide us with highlights from his Antarctic journey. The coldest and highest continent is now the subject of intense research as concerns have been raised about the long-term stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

24th
February
2018

An Introduction to Rock Pools

An Introduction to Rock Pools

Saturday 24 February, 2pm – 4pm

Join Christopher Surtees at Cullercoats (next to Dove Marine Laboratory) to take a tour through the incredible world of rock pools, learning to identify everything from starfish to seaweed. Learn about the challenges of this variable environment and the fascinating adaptations of the species within.

Children and adults welcome, warm clothing and wellington boots are advised.

Booking required.

2nd
March
2018

Migration and Wintering Strategy of Arctic Terns

Migration and Wintering Strategy of Arctic Terns

Arctic tern © Chris Redfern

Friday 02 March, 7pm. Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Chris Redfern will give an update on his research on Arctic Terns from the Farne Islands, what he has learned since last winter, a progress report on this season’s work, and what more we hope to learn if we can recover geolocator devices in the 2018 breeding season.

3rd
March
2018

Exclusive Tour of NHSN Collections

Exclusive Tour of NHSN Collections

Head of Hancock's specimen of the adult Great Auk © NHSN

Saturday 03 March, 11:00am – 1:00pm

NHSN has half a million items in its collections. Join Dan Gordon, GNM: Hancock’s Keeper of Biology, to look at rare, extinct and unusual specimens, such as our Great Auk, Dodo and Passenger Pigeon.

Booking required.

Meet at the Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4JA.

9th
March
2018

Red Kites in North East England

Red Kites in North East England

Red Kite © Andy Jackson

Friday 09 March, 7pm. Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Red Kites were re-introduced to the Derwent Valley between 2003 and 2006. This talk by
Ian Kerr, a member of Friends of Red Kites’ monitoring team, covers the history, progress and problems they still face in becoming once more a common sight in the region’s skies.

13th
March
2018

Treasures of the NHSN Collections

Treasures of the NHSN Collections

Tuesday 13 March, 3:00 – 5:00pm

Join GNM: Hancock librarian Ian Bower for a wonderful opportunity to view a range of rare and fascinating items from the NHSN library collections that are not normally on display. You will also have a chance to get ‘behind the scenes’ in the library.

Booking required.

16th
March
2018

The Secret World of Rhododendrons

The Secret World of Rhododendrons

Friday 16 March, 7pm. Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Discovering the evolution of Rhododendron and how it spread across four continents.
Dr Richard Milne explains the role of natural and cultivar hybridisation before delving into the ethnobotany of the plant, and mythbusting the extraordinary story of Rhododendron in Britain.

Richard is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He is a keen field botanist with a particular interest in training novices in plant identification.

18th
March
2018

Kielder Goshawk Walk

Kielder Goshawk Walk

NB: This event is now fully booked.

Sunday 18 March, 9:30am – 2:00pm

March is a good time to look for some of the specialist bird species found in upland coniferous forest, in particular Goshawk and Crossbill. Join Martin Davison for a slow walk along forest tracks with plenty of stops to scan for displaying/flying raptors.

Booking required.

23rd
March
2018

NHSN Annual General Meeting & Social Evening

NHSN Annual General Meeting & Social Evening

Friday 23 March, 7:00 – 8:30pm

A friendly social evening open to all NHSN members to find out more about what NHSN has achieved over the last year, and look ahead to an exciting 2018. The library and archive will be open to visitors 7:30 – 8:30pm.

Clore Suite, Great North Museum: Hancock.

28th
April
2018

Naturetrek Birdwatching Trip to Mallorca

Naturetrek Birdwatching Trip to Mallorca

A fantastic opportunity to study birds of the Mediterranean on the island of Mallorca! This week-long trip, in partnership with and led by Naturetrek, will introduce you to a variety of birds typical to the region along with some of the island’s specialties. Staying at the Puerto Pollensa resort, which has its very own hide looking over S’Albufereta Marsh, there will be a number of easy walking trips suitable for all ages to a wide range of habitats. As well as birds, there will also be opportunities to see plants and other wildlife, such as orchids and butterflies.

A full itinerary of the trip is available to download here.

There are two trips: 28 April – 5 May 2018, and 5 – 12 May 2018. The trip costs £1495 per person, with a £150 single supplement. This covers all flights, meals and accommodation.

To reserve a place, you must book with Naturetrek directly. Their email address is info@naturetrek.co.uk, or you can phone them on 01962 733 051.

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 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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