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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

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

Guided Roe Deer Walk

Guided Roe Deer Walk

Roe Deer, GPNR © Richard Potts

Saturday 27 July, 7.30am-9.00am

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, select your preferred date from the drop-down menu, 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.

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.

10th
August
2019

Walk with a Warden

Walk with a Warden

Bittern In Flight, GPNR © Brian Rutter

Saturday 10 August, 10.00am-12.00pm

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, select your preferred date from the drop-down menu, click on ‘Register’ and follow the instructions.

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.

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.

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.

6th
September
2019

Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day

Friday 6 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.

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.

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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