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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

27th
April
2019

Gosforth Park Bioblitz and Open Day

Gosforth Park Bioblitz and Open Day

Saturday 27 April, 10.30am – 3.30pm

On Saturday April 27th we will be conducting our first Bioblitz of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve (GPNR) and we need your help to record as many species as possible throughout the day.

All are welcome to visit GPNR where a range of activities will take place to bring you and your entire family up close and personal with North East nature. Among these, insect-hunting, bird ringing, moth trapping and, for younger visitors, a tree trail and dedicated pond-dipping area. All hosted by friendly, knowledgeable experts who will be more than happy to help you identify your finds.

This event will contribute to this year’s City Nature Challenge – an international event to encourage people to find and document as many plants and animals as possible in cities across the globe.

We want Gosforth Park Nature Reserve to take home the prize as ‘Newcastle’s most biodiverse site’ but, to make this happen, we’re going to need a little help. That’s why we’re asking you to come along, bring friends and family, and help us record wildlife throughout the day. From flowers and fish to birds, bumblebees and bats – each and every record counts. Pick-up a recording sheet and scour the reserve yourself, or take part in one (or all!) of our activities to contribute.

Parking will be available outside the reserve, in the layby on Salters Lane. Please note that no dogs are allowed on site.

28th
April
2019

Urban Wildlife of Ouseburn

Urban Wildlife of Ouseburn

Sunday 28 April, 10.00am-1.00pm

With Heather Devey & Cain Scrimgeour, Wild Intrigue

Join Heather and Cain from Wild Intrigue on a guided exploration of Ouseburn to discover and record species as part of NHSN’s involvement in the City Nature Challenge. No previous experience of wildlife or recording is required; however, do feel free to bring any specialist expertise you have to share on the day!

The time listed is 10.00am – 1.00pm; however, attendees are welcome to leave the walk before this, and there may be the opportunity to extend the time stated too.

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

4th
May
2019

Rocky Shore Ramble

Rocky Shore Ramble

Saturday 4 May, 9.00am-10.30am

With Steph Donohue and Emily Hickinbotham

Join marine science students from Newcastle University to discover the wildlife of rocky shore ecosystems. Learn to identify different species and gain an understanding of how their distribution changes up throughout the tidal zones. All you need is to wrap up warm, don a pair of wellies and grab a bucket (if you fancy). All ages are welcome but we ask that children are supervised directly due to the uneven shore surface and the tendency of some wildlife to pinch small curious fingers…

Please meet outside the Dove Marine Laboratory at Cullercoats.

6th
May
2019

Badger Watching at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Badger Watching at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Badger, GPNR © Richard Potts

Monday 6 May, Wednesday 8 May, Tuesday 14 May, Thursday 16 May, Friday 17 May, Thursday 23 May, Thursday 30 May 7.00pm-9.00pm

N.B. These events are now fully booked, but there may still be places on the waitlist. To join the waitlist, follow the link to Eventbrite below, click on ‘Register’ and follow the instructions.

With Paul Drummond, Bob Wilkin & Jonathan Pounder

Join NHSN experts for a members exclusive evening of badger-watching. Enjoy unprecedented views of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve’s most iconic yet seldom seen residents as you spend an evening in our specially-build screen.

To balance demand, priority booking will be given to members who have not attended similar events in the past two years. Similarly, we ask that members refrain from booking multiple dates so that as many people as possible are able to enjoy this wonderful experience.

To limit disturbance to the badgers, only five places will be available for each event. We also ask that you refrain from taking photographs due to the tendency for sound and flash to disturb the animals.

NHSN members only. You will be asked to provide your NHSN membership number during registration.

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

8th
May
2019

Extinction in the GNM: Hancock Library

Extinction in the GNM: Hancock Library

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

Wednesday 8 May, 10.30am-12.30pm

In anticipation of Dippy the Dinosaur visiting the Museum later in the month the Great North Museum: Hancock Library will be providing a display of items on the theme of extinction. These will include a number of beautifully illustrated books from the collection of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, and also items from their equally fascinating archive.

11th
May
2019

Coralroot Orchid Viewing

Coralroot Orchid Viewing

Coralroot Orchid, GPNR © Paul Drummond

Saturday 11 May, 11.00am-12.00pm

With Paul Drummond

Enjoy a late-morning springtime walk around Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, paying special attention to the sites renowned colony of Coralroot Orchid. This is one of only a handful of sites in England where this species wildflower can be seen.

NHSN members only. You will be asked to provide your NHSN membership number during registration.

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

12th
May
2019

Kirkharle: Biodiversity in a Brownian Landscape

Kirkharle: Biodiversity in a Brownian Landscape

Comma Butterfly on thistle © John Buxton

Sunday 12 May, 10.00am-12.00pm

With Heather Devey & Cain Scrimgeour, Wild Intrigue

Lancelot (Capability) Brown, renowned for his landscape architecture in 250 large estates across 18th Century England, is often referred to as ‘the Shakespeare of Gardening’. Brown’s landscapes now support vast biodiversity that has naturally developed over the years from features such as habitat mosaics of trees, the creation of lakes, and much more.

Join Heather and Cain of Wild Intrigue to discover the birthplace of ‘Capability’ Brown, exploring how the site’s owners have developed the landscape to match the vision of a young Lancelot, identifying the wildlife it supports and learning about the ‘Capability’ legacy throughout.

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

12th
May
2019

In Search of the Mountain Bumblebee

In Search of the Mountain Bumblebee

Sunday 12 May, 10.30am-3.30pm

With Shaun Hackett

Rothbury

The Mountain Bumblebee (Bombus monticola) is a widespread though thinly distributed bumblebee of upland areas and is felt by many to be in decline. It is an iconic species very much associated with Bilberry and indicator of quality moorland habitat. The National Park is a major stronghold for this species in Northern England and is monitoring and recording its distribution.

The day will start with an indoor session before heading out for a 2-3 mile walk and may involve some hills and uneven ground. Suitable outdoor clothing will be needed as well as packed lunch, sun hat and sun cream too! While the main theme of the day will be looking for and identifying the Mountain Bumblebee other bumblebees will be looked at as well.

Free event, but booking essential. To book and for more information, email shaun.hackett@nnpa.org.uk

14th
May
2019

Northumbria Veteran Tree Project

Northumbria Veteran Tree Project

Tuesday 14 May, 5.30-6.30pm

With Nick Johnson

Please note: this event is a re-run of a previously held event in January. It is intended to provide an opportunity for those unable to make the previous session to attend.

The significance of Ancient, veteran and notable trees, and the struggles and conflicts faced by these trees in order to attain such status, will be outlined by Nick Johnson, project officer for the Northumbria veteran tree project. Nick will also outline the project to date and explain how you, too, can play a part in this Heritage Lottery-funded venture.

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

15th
May
2019

Bats at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Bats at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Wednesday 15 May, 8.00-10.00pm

With Hazel Makepeace

Join Hazel Makepeace, chair of the Northumbria Bat Group, for a guided walk of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve in search of bats. The reserve is home to many species, including Soprano Pipistrelle and Noctule, and with the help of bat detectors, attendees will gain an insight into the identification of these seldom seen mammals.

NHSN members only. You will be asked to provide your NHSN membership number during registration.

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

18th
May
2019

Birdsong at Plessey Woods

Birdsong at Plessey Woods

Saturday 18 May, 10.00am-12.00pm

With David Noble-Rollin

Join ornithologist David Noble-Rollin for an avian-fueled walk through Plessey Woods. See and hear a range of bird species, including returning migrants such as Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.

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

18th
May
2019

BeeWalk at Jesmond Dene

BeeWalk at Jesmond Dene

Saturday 18 May, 2.00-4.00pm

With Dr Gordon Port & Mike Cook

BeeWalks are part of a national recording scheme run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, which involves walking a fixed route and recording any bumblebees encountered. This walk will take in part of Jesmond Dene and aims to show you how to identify bumblebees.

This event comes as part of NHSN’s ‘Summer of Bumblebees’ set to culminate in the publication of the North East Bumblebee Atlas in autumn.

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

18th
May
2019

The Birdlife of Allen Banks

The Birdlife of Allen Banks

Pied Flycatcher © Michael Eccles

Saturday 18 May, 10.00am-1.00pm

With James Common and Sacha Elliot

Enjoy a walk through the aged Oak woods of Allen Banks, a National Trust property renowned for its breeding songbirds. This event will see us seek out both Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart and, if we’re lucky, Wood Warbler.

This event will involve a fair amount of walking, often uphill, thus appropriate footwear is recommended.

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

 

21st
May
2019

Discover the Treasures of the NHSN Library

Discover the Treasures of the NHSN Library

Tuesdays from 21 May – 1 October inclusive, 1.00-3.00pm

With Les Jessop, NHSN Honorary Librarian 

Drop by the Great North Museum: Hancock library to uncover some of the many hidden gems to be found in the NHSN library collections. From rare first editions, including Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, to colourful works by Humbolt and Hewitson, these sessions provide the perfect opportunity to view an exciting range of historical and contemporary materials from some of the brightest names in natural history.

NHSN Honourary Librarian, Les Jessop, will be on hand throughout to give further insight into the remarkable stories behind some of the most treasured items held by the Natural History Society.

All are welcome. The library can be found on the 2nd floor of Great North Museum: Hancock, immediately outside the lift.

25th
May
2019

Jurassic Rocks and Ammonites

Jurassic Rocks and Ammonites

Saturday 25 May, 10.30am-2.00pm

With Karl Egeland-Eriksen

This trip visits some of the best exposures of the Redcar Mudstone Formation of the Lower Lias. These are the lowest Jurassic beds in our region.  If we are lucky, we may see ammonites and bivalves exposed in the intertidal zone.

N.B. end time is an estimate.

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

25th
May
2019

Guided Roe Deer Walk

Guided Roe Deer Walk

Roe Deer, GPNR © Richard Potts

Saturday 25 May, 7.30am-9.00am
Saturday 27 July, 7.30am-9.00am

N.B. The 25 May date is now fully booked, but there may still be places on the waitlist. To join the waitlist, follow the link to Eventbrite below, click on ‘Register’ and follow the instructions.

With Chris Castling

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is one of the few sites within the limits of Newcastle where Roe Deer roam in abundance. Join NHSN supporter and wildlife photographer, Chris Castling, to find and photograph them for yourself in a morning guided walk.

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

29th
May
2019

NHSN Members Exclusive: An Evening with Dippy

NHSN Members Exclusive: An Evening with Dippy

Wednesday 29 May, 5.30-7.00pm
Friday 12 July, 5.30-7.00pm

Join fellow NHSN members at the Great North Museum: Hancock to enjoy an exclusive viewing of Dippy the Diplodocus. Escape the crowds and admire a true marvel of natural engineering, on loan to the museum as part of a celebrated national tour. Members will also have an opportunity to browse related exhibits and, best of all, are welcome to bring family and friends too, so that all may experience this one-off spectacle as it arrives in Newcastle.

This is a free event. Please be sure to bring your NHSN membership card to gain entry.

30th
May
2019

Geology Collections Tour

Geology Collections Tour

Fluorite © Great North Museum: Hancock

Thursday 30 May, 2.00-3.30pm

With Sylvia Humphrey

Sylvia Humphrey is the curator of the Natural History Society of Northumbria’s geology collections, the majority of which are held in special stores in the basement of the Discovery Museum. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the rocks, minerals and fossils that have come to us via notable 19th century collectors such as William Hutton and Thomas Atthey.

We will see examples of a variety of fossils, including fish and plants; as well as rare minerals including galena (lead ore), sphalerite (zinc ore) and fluorite, an attractive gangue (waste) mineral more recently used as a jewellery material.

N.B. Please note that this event takes place at the Discovery Museum, not the Great North Museum: Hancock.

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

1st
June
2019

Bees and other Insects at Prudhoe

Bees and other Insects at Prudhoe

Male Ashy Mining Bee, Prudhoe © Louise Hislop

Saturday 1 June, 2.00-4.00pm

With Louise Hislop and Dr Gordon Port

The Spetchells at Prudhoe are a unique site supporting chalk-loving plants and a wide range of insects. Join Entomology section-lead Dr Gordon Port and Louise Hislop for a guided walk beside the river and onto the Spetchells, paying particular attention to the bees.

This event comes as part of NHSN’s ‘Summer of Bumblebees’ set to culminate in the publication of the North East Bumblebee Atlas in autumn.

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

2nd
June
2019

Bumblebees in the Landscape

Bumblebees in the Landscape

Sunday 2 June, 1.00pm (1 hour) or 3.00pm (1 hour)

With Shaun Hackett at the Sill, Hadrian’s Wall

In this forty-five minute talk, we will look at the important role that bumblebees play in pollinating wildflowers and food crops as well as discussing what we can do to help them in garden and wider countryside.

£5 adults, children free. Booking not required.

8th
June
2019

Northumbria Veteran Tree Project

Northumbria Veteran Tree Project

Saturday 8 June, 10.00am-12.30pm

With Nick Johnson

Join Nick Johnson, founder of the Northumbria Veteran Tree Project, at Kirkley Hall for a project update at the new woodland centre, followed by a trip outside to measure and record veteran trees using practical examples from across the estate. This event provides the perfect opportunity to find out more about an exciting new project emerging on your doorstep, and should provide you with the knowledge necessary to get involved.

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

8th
June
2019

Discover the world of Bumblebees & Honeybees

Discover the world of Bumblebees & Honeybees

Saturday 8 June, 10.00am-4.00pm

With Shaun Hackett at Chipchase Castle Nursery (Nr Wark)

Talks and tours on gardening for bumblebees with expert advice on how to identify the ‘magnificent seven’ garden species. Hexham beekeepers will be on hand to explain the life of honeybees and how you can help them. A chance to purchase bee-friendly plants to help bring these fascinating and colourful insects into your garden. Children’s bee trail.

This is a free event, all are welcome.

8th
June
2019

Walk with a Warden

Walk with a Warden

Bittern In Flight, GPNR © Brian Rutter

Saturday 8 June, 10.00am-12.00pm
Saturday 10 August, 10.00am-12.00pm

With Des Matheson

Keen to learn more about Gosforth Park Nature Reserve? Why not join us for a guided walk with volunteer warden, Des Matheson, and learn more about the wildlife, history and management of this treasured green space. Ideal for first-time visitors, this event provides an opportunity to find your feet and experience the reserve in the company of those who know it best.

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is home to a range of rare and elusive species and on a typical visit, there is the potential to encounter bittern, roe deer, kingfisher, red fox, red squirrel and more.

NHSN members ONLY. You will be asked to provide your NHSN membership number during registration.

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

9th
June
2019

Carboniferous Sedimentary Cycles, Cocklawburn Beach

Carboniferous Sedimentary Cycles, Cocklawburn Beach

© The Beach Guide

Sunday 9 June, 10.30am-2.00pm

With Dr. Ian Kille

This trip visits some of the best exposures of the cyclic Carboniferous sedimentary rocks on the coast, with fossil rich limestones, coals and beautifully preserved examples of trace fossils.  The structure of these layered rocks is well mapped out on the beach with gently dipping anticlines and synclines which progressively steepen towards the northern end of the beach, forming a tightly folded arch and other interesting structural features.

This is a joint meeting with the North Eastern Geological Society.

N.B. end time is an estimate.

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

15th
June
2019

Long Nanny Tern Colony

Long Nanny Tern Colony

Saturday 15 June, 10.30am-1.30pm

With Graham Bell

Enjoy a visit to the National Trust’s Long Nanny tern colony, home to thousands of nesting Arctic Terns and a smaller number of endearing Little Terns. On this 2-mile walk from Newton Links to the Long Nanny site, other likely sightings may include Ringed Plover, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, and more.

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

15th
June
2019

Upland Birds at Powburn

Upland Birds at Powburn

Saturday 15 June, 9.00am-12.00pm

With James Common & Sacha Elliot

Enjoy an avian-fueled upland walk as we set out in search of Cuckoo, Whinchat, Ring Ouzel and other upland specialties. There is a good chance of encountering a range of raptor species on this walk, alongside Raven and hopefully some reptiles too.

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

18th
June
2019

An Introduction to Botanical Art

An Introduction to Botanical Art

Cardamine Ladies Smockcrop by Sarah Dickson © NHSN

Tuesday 18 June, 5.30-6.30pm

With Dr Alison Cutts

Please note: this event is a re-run of a previously held event in January. It is intended to provide an opportunity for those unable to make the previous session to attend.

Botanical artist Dr Alison Cutts gives an insight into the history and importance of botanical illustration, showcasing examples from historical and contemporary work. Join us in our Council Room at the Great North Museum: Hancock for an up-close look at beautiful illustrations and an opportunity to hear more about both techniques and renowned artists.

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

22nd
June
2019

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve Exploration Days

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve Exploration Days

Saturday 22 June, 10.30am-3.30pm
Saturday 24 August, 10.30am-3.30pm

Come and enjoy this fantastic private nature reserve at our annual exploration day. Everyone is welcome, drop in anytime between 10.30am and 3.30pm to learn about birds, plants, mammals and insects from friendly local naturalists. Activities this year will include pond-dipping, birdwatching, moth trapping and mammal monitoring, while our popular tree trail and insect Bioblitz will also be making a triumphant return.

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is the jewel in the crown of Newcastle’s remaining green space sites and is home to a range of rare and elusive species. On a typical visit there is the potential to encounter bittern, roe deer, kingfisher, red fox, red squirrel, willow tit and more.

Sorry, dogs are not allowed on the reserve, even on leads, to avoid disturbing wildlife. Paths can get muddy if it rains so please wear suitable footwear.

23rd
June
2019

Botany at Smardale Gill

Botany at Smardale Gill

Sunday 23 June, 11.00am-2.00pm

With Angus Lunn

This Cumbria Wildlife Trust Reserve near Kirby Stephen is a wooded gill accessed along an old railway. It has a very rich flora, including herb Paris Paris quadrifolia, common wintergreen Pyrola minor, greater butterfly-orchid Platanthera chlorantha, stone bramble Rubus saxatilis and alpine bistort Persicaria vivipara.

N.B. end time is an estimate.

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

23rd
June
2019

Discover the World of Bumblebees and Honeybees

Discover the World of Bumblebees and Honeybees

Sunday 23 June, 10.00am-2.00pm

With Shaun Hackett at Elsdon Village Hall, Elsdon

What’s that buzz? Learn about bumblebee biology and how to identify common garden species. Discover the importance of bees as pollinators and how you can help them. Redesdale beekeepers will be on hand to show some of the equipment used for beekeeping and to explain the life of honeybees. In the afternoon put your new knowledge into practice with a local walk to find and identify bumblebees and discuss the suitability of different habitats for bees. Please bring a packed lunch, suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Booking is essential. To book, email shaun.hackett@nnpa.org.uk. This event is suitable for ages 14+. All persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

This is a Revitalising Redesdale Landscape Partnership event and is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. To find out more see: www.revitalisingredesdale.org.uk or phone 0191 284 6884.

25th
June
2019

An Evening with the Hancocks

An Evening with the Hancocks

Hancock Family © NHSN

Tuesday 25 June, 5.30-7.00pm

With NHSN Archivist, June Holmes

The notable Victorian naturalists Albany and John Hancock lived and worked in Newcastle and are well known for their contribution to our understanding of local natural history: but what about their sister Mary Jane and their brother Thomas? Find out more about the extended Hancock family through the photographs and documents in our archives.

There will be a small exhibition of Mary Jane’s art works on display with family memorabilia as well as the legacy work of the Hancock brothers.

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

28th
June
2019

Cetacean Boat Trips

Cetacean Boat Trips

White Beaked Dolphin ©John Carnell

Friday 28 June, Friday 5 July, Tuesday 16 July, Friday 26 July, Friday 2 August and Friday 9 August

With Northern Experience Wildlife Tours

Join Northern Experience Wildlife Tours for any of these popular, four-hour pelagic trips in the North Sea looking for whales, dolphins and seabirds. This is a fantastic opportunity to observe Minke Whale, White-beaked Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise and other seldom seen species.

N.B. Please book via Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Visit their website here for full details and how to book. The discount price for NHSN members is £34.

30th
June
2019

Botany at Branton

Botany at Branton

Sunday 30 June, 2.00-4.00pm

With Chris Metherell

Branton Lakes Nature Reserve is a former sand and gravel quarry.  It was planted in the 1990s not only with native plants but also with a number of alien species. Many of these still survive and occasionally new ones appear from the seed bank; Hoary cinquefoil  Potentilla argentea, for example, was found only last year.

On this field trip, we hope to have the chance to examine some of the waterweeds for which the ponds are well known, such as Opposite-leaved pondweed Groenlandia densa and rigid hornwort Ceratophyllum demersum.

Chris Metherell is the Botanical Recorder for North Northumberland, and is President of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.

N.B. end time is an estimate.

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

6th
July
2019

A Guide to Tree Identification

A Guide to Tree Identification

Woodland In Spring, GPNR © David Noble-Rollin

Saturday 6 July, 10.00-11.30am

With Paul Drummond

Visit the expansive woodland of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve as you enjoy a crash course in tree identification courtesy of NHSN Reserve Warden, Paul Drummond. Learn to separate your Hazels from your Hornbeams and your Wych Elms from your willows in a session suitable for beginners, intermediates and those simply looking to learn more about the cornerstones of our favourite wild places.

NHSN members ONLY. You will be asked to provide your NHSN membership number during registration.

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

13th
July
2019

Dragonflies and other Insects at Kibblesworth

Dragonflies and other Insects at Kibblesworth

Dragonfly © Maria Schusler

Saturday 13 July, 2.00-4.00pm

With Christopher Wren and Gordon Port

Head out in search of dragonflies and damselflies, as well as other insects, at Bowes Valley Nature Reserve, in Kibblesworth.

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

21st
July
2019

Botany at Widdybank Fell

Botany at Widdybank Fell

Saxifrage © Hans Hillewaert

Sunday 21 July, 11.00am-2.00pm

With Richard Friend and Lizzie Maddison

Set out in search of the botanical specialities of this renowned area, including mountain everlasting Antennaria dioica, bird’s-eye primrose Primula farinosa, yellow saxifrage Saxifrafa aizoides, Scottish asphodel Tofieldia pusilla, hair sedge Carex capillaris and more.

N.B. end time is an estimate.

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

27th
July
2019

Butterflies at Bishop Middleham Quarry

Butterflies at Bishop Middleham Quarry

Saturday 27 July, 2.00–4.00pm

With Dr Gordon Port

Bishop Middleham Quarry has a wide range of attractive flowering plants and several species of butterfly should be flying, including Northern Brown Argus, Ringlet, Common Blue and Small Heath. Join Dr Gordon Port to discover butterflies and other insects.

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

3rd
August
2019

Purple and White-letter Hairstreak Spotting

Purple and White-letter Hairstreak Spotting

White-letter Hairstreak © James Common

Saturday 3 August, 5.00-6.00pm

With Paul Drummond

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is home to two of the most eye-catching butterfly species to be found in North East England: Purple Hairstreak and White-letter Hairstreak. Enjoy a short walk with NHSN Reserve Warden, Paul Drummond, as you scour the tops of oak and wych elm in search of these flying marvels.

NHSN members ONLY. You will be asked to provide your NHSN membership number during registration.

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

11th
August
2019

Moths & Muffins at Wild Northumbrian

Moths & Muffins at Wild Northumbrian

Merveille du Jour © Andy Atkinson

Sunday 11 August, 9.00am-12.00pm

With Heather Devey & Cain Scrimgeour, Wild Intrigue

Location: Wild Northumbrian Tipis and Yurts, Hexham.

Surrounded by a mosaic of habitats including semi-deciduous woodland, wildflower meadow, heather moor, river, conifer plantation and more, Wild Northumbrian is an incredible site for moth trapping, providing a variety of locations to install and enjoy the results of moth traps and other wildlife on site.

Join Wild Intrigue guides Heather and Cain, and county moth recorder Tom Tams, for a morning of mothing, followed by a continental breakfast spread, complete with plenty of tea and coffee!

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

11th
August
2019

Botany at Bakethin Reservoir

Botany at Bakethin Reservoir

Sunday 11 August, 11.30am-2.30pm

With Professor John Richards

Bakethin Reservoir is the constant-level adjunct to Kielder Water, managed as a nature reserve. Not only are there marginal plants and aquatics, but also a rich slice of Kielder flora (it is an old site for northern hawk’s-beard Crepis mollis but it has probably disappeared). Specialties include northern spike-rush Eleocharis mamillata and variegated horsetail Equisetum variegatum.

 John Richards is the Botanical Co-Recorder for South Northumberland.

N.B. end time is an estimate.

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

 

24th
August
2019

Introduction to Invertebrates at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Introduction to Invertebrates at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Hornet © James Common

Saturday 24 August, 2.00-4.00pm

With Dr Gordon Port

There are over 25,000 species of insects in the UK, and Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is home to an exciting array of butterfly, moth and dragonfly species. This workshop will give you a chance to encounter them and learn the difference between the more common types.

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

7th
September
2019

Bats at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Bats at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Soprano pipistrelle © Paul Drummond

Saturday 7 September, 7.45-9.00pm

With Jonathan Pounder

Join Jonathan Pounder for a nocturnal walk of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve in search of bats. The reserve is home to many species, including Soprano Pipistrelle and Noctule, and with the help of bat detectors, attendees will gain an insight into the identification of these seldom seen mammals.

NHSN members ONLY. You will be asked to provide your NHSN membership number during registration.

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

To view our full events programme covering January-March, please download our What’s On Guide.

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, while non-members are asked to provide a small donation. Some outdoor events – those requiring monetary support – will be charged, with NHSN members receiving a significant discount.

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.

It is always advisable (and likely cheaper) for non-members wishing to attend multiple NHSN events to join 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 15 minute 1829 lectures (starting at 18:29). Tea, coffee and biscuits are available and the opportunity to socialise. Speakers of our main talks (7.00 – 8.00pm) 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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