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Interests

Natural history covers many fascinating subjects, from rocks and landforms to plants, birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Many of our members have a specialist interest and have created informal “groups” within the Society which focus on a particular area of natural history in the North East. We have groups for birds, mammals, botany, insects and geology.

These groups help to organise and run our programme of field outings and talks in order to offer all our members the opportunity to learn about and get involved in the many different aspects of the natural world. Follow the links below to find out what each of the groups is up to and get involved.

Mammals

Northumbria Mammal Group was set up in 1997 by staff members from the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN), Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Durham Wildlife Trust. Tees Valley Wildlife Trust joined a few years later.

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Birds

Many of our members enjoy bird watching in the North East and learning more about bird behaviour and identification. Our Bird Group also carries out important research work through a very active bird ringing group and is involved in bird conservation work in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham.

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Geology

We are fortunate to have fascinating and world class geological formations in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham and many of our members enjoy exploring this fantastic natural resource.

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Botany

Many of our members enjoy exploring the North East in search of our fascinating flora. Our members play an important role in recording and monitoring species of plants, mosses and lichens in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham.

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Insects

Many of our members enjoy exploring the North East in search of fascinating insect life. Our members play an important role in recording and monitoring insect species in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham.

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Reptiles & amphibians

The Society does not have a group dedicated to herpetology but we do work alongside the North East Reptile and Amphibian Group (NERAG). If you are not already a member of that group and would like to join them (it’s free) then you can contact them at nerag@yahoo.co.uk

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