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Join the Natural History Society of Northumbria today to support nature in the northeast of England, visit Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and learn about the natural world. It costs less than 65p a week.

Whether you are a beginner, enthusiast, expert or academic we have something to offer you.

On this page you can find out how much it costs, what the benefits are and you can join online or download a form and post it.

£33 per year
£39 per year
£20 per year
£700 one-off
Support nature conservation & education
Free entry to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve
Access to the members’ section of the website
Weekly lecture programme during the winter
Full programme of field outings
Borrow books from the Society’s library
Access to natural history courses
Includes your family
Receive copies of the Northumbrian Naturalist
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How do I join the Society?

Pay online

You can pay by credit or debit card or by PayPal (use the links above). You do not need a PayPal account to use this system. If you wish to pay by card select “check out as a guest” and “Pay with a card”.

By Direct Debit

You can set up a Direct Debit with us so that your membership automatically renews each year. This saves you the hassle and saves us administration costs. To set up a Direct Debit please download the form here, complete and post this to us (or give us a call and we can post a form to you).

By post/cheque

Please download the membership application form here, complete and post this to us, along with your cheque.

In person/cash

At our office in the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle (Mon-Fri 10am-5.00pm).

Why join the Society?

Membership includes your whole household!

With the exception of Student membership, all our memberships are family memberships and cover 2 adults living at the same address, plus any dependant children. (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult if they attend any activities).

Entry to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

This beautiful and peaceful nature reserve is one of the best wildlife watching sites in Tyne & Wear and is only open to our members and their families. There is a wetland, nature trails, wildlife watching hides and a feeding station.

A hide key will give you access to the three hides at the reserve as well as the eco-loo.  Members can pay a £5 deposit for a a hide key by following the link in our welcome email or by visiting the NHSN office on the 2nd floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).

Support our Winter Lecture Programme

NHSN holds weekly lectures, every Friday evening from October to March. Experts give entertaining and educational talks on a wide range of topics including plants, animals, birds, insects, geology and ecology.

Programme of Field Trips & Activities

Throughout the year local experts lead field meetings to explore the natural world and magical landscapes of northern England. These include outings in search of birds, mammals, plants, insects, geology and more.

Help Support Conservation & Research

We rely heavily on our members to help us protect and manage Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, to support our bird research and help maintain and preserve our important and historic natural history archive. We also actively involved in campaigning to protect wildlife and in helping others to learn about the natural world. Your membership helps us to carry out all this essential work.

Natural History Courses

You can learn more about the natural world by enrolling on our education courses. Led by local experts, we run classes in birds, botany, mammals, geology, wildlife photography, astronomy and more. These are only available to our members but course fees do apply.

Use of the Society’s Library & Books

The Society’s library in the Great North Museum: Hancock contains the best collection of natural history books in the north of England, from modern field guides to old and historically valuable texts. Members have access to all these publications and can borrow up to 4 books at a time.

Newsletter Bulletin & e-mail updates

You will receive three newsletter Bulletins a year with details of all the latest news, activities, talks, field trips and natural history courses. We also send out regular e-mail updates with information about activities and events going on in the North East.


The Society publishes two editions of its journal, Northumbrian Naturalist, each year: one volume, Northumberland Coastal Wildlife, and a second volume featuring papers on topics of regional interest. Back issues of these are also available for download from the members’ area of our website. Those members who have opted for Full Membership will also receive a printed copy of both publications.

Other Queries

We want to encourage and enable everyone to join our Society. Special consideration is given to hardship circumstances. If you wish to be considered for a reduced rate, please contact the Society Director.

Data Privacy Notice

Our Data Privacy Notice tells you what we do with your personal data, how it is used, and your rights as an individual. Our Privacy Notice was last updated on 10 May 2018 in line with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws. Click here to view.