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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

3rd
August
2019

Library Exhibition: The Beauty of Plant Science

Library Exhibition: The Beauty of Plant Science

3 August – 7 September 2019

People often consider art a subject that has no place in science but, for a long time, paintings have been used in science to illustrate what is described. Often, scientific illustrations are as
beautiful as works of art. Uncover the beauty of plant science for yourselves in a new exhibition in the Great North Museum: Hancock Library.

Created by postgraduates at Newcastle University, this exhibition explores colourful botanical illustrations which, together with myths and poems, offer visitors the opportunity to create
their own interpretation of them. It aims to present the stories connected to botany and show that science and art are not complete opposites, as they often coexist.

This exhibition is run in coordination with the Robinson Library. Please take a moment to visit their sister exhibition, running in conjunction with our own. Normal library visiting hours apply

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

N.B. This event 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 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.

24th
August
2019

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve Exploration Days

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve Exploration Days

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.

3rd
September
2019

The Beauty of Plant Science: Open Evening

The Beauty of Plant Science: Open Evening

Tuesday 3 September, 5.30-6.30pm

Join Exhibition Curator, Dalia Aizi, and NHSN Archivist, June Holmes, for an after-hours look at our new library exhibition: The Beauty of Plant Science.

Created by postgraduates at Newcastle University, this exhibition explores colourful botanical illustrations which, together with myths and poems, offer visitors the opportunity to create their own interpretation of them. It aims to present the stories connected to botany and show that science and art are not mutually exclusive. This evening event provides the perfect opportunity to escape the crowds and enjoy the displays and provides a chance to learn more from those at the helm of the project.

All welcome.

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

N.B. This event 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 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.

13th
September
2019

Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day

Friday 13 September 2019, 11 – 3.30pm

With June Holmes

Enjoy some of the hidden treasures in our prestigious Council Room at the Great North Museum: Hancock as we open our doors once more for Heritage Open Days. Come along and see the historic furnishings and paintings in the room and view a selection of fascinating curiosities from our archives. What is a Mushwump? Why do we have a grumpy letter from General Gordon of Khartoum and who caught the North East’s very own sea serpent.

All are welcome. The NHSN Council Room can be found on the second floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock.

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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Looking forward to celebrating our @UniofNewcastle partner NHSN’s big birthday tomorrow evening. 🎂🎉 https://t.co/Tsvv8Jo8xz

Taken on our 100th birthday, this photograph shows NHSN members assembled on the steps of the @GNM_Hancock during 1929. We'll be looking to recreate this iconic photo tomorrow at our 190th birthday celebration. We hope to see a few of you there! 📸

Another insect you can hear this time of year is the Grasshopper seen in this photo by Florence Davis. Did you know Grasshoppers have been around since the Triassic period!

Always nice to see #redsquirrels feeding at the @NorthWildlife #Hauxley reserve. I spotted these two tucking in just before closing time today @MADRS5 @RedSquirrelsNE @brsquirrel @SquirrelAccord @RedSquirrelsUtd #Northumberland @NEE_Naturalist @NE_Northumbria

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