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Could you help enthuse about North East nature?

10th September 2018

Red Squirrel - James Common

Whether it’s facilitating the viewing of badgers, leading Nightjar and Red Squirrel walks or foraging for fungi in the Northumbrian uplands, the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) has always aimed to bring our supporters up close and personal with nature. Something we firmly believe can inspire interest in regional fauna [or flora] and lead to great things in the future: whether that be further research, conservation or simply an increase in time spent outdoors. This is our bread and butter, so to speak: a core purpose of NHSN ever since the eminent naturalists who founded the organisation back in 1829 lead their first expeditions into the wilds of Northumbria [Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Durham, for clarities sake].

Of course, as a small, local organisation, we rely heavily on our volunteers to make events like this happen. Depending on the expertise, passion and local knowledge of our supporters and other local naturalists to inform attendees and showcase intriguing wild spectacles. As you can see from our most recent events programme, many people already do dedicate their time to making this a reality and for that we are grateful; though in our age of declining interest in natural history, more is always better. As such, we’re looking for more local naturalists to lead a greater range of events in the future, and in doing so, inspire more people.

Due in no small part to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) we are hoping to deliver a far wider range of events and field trips, and to cater to a broader range of experience levels. We want to encourage beginners to take that next step and participate further in natural history and provide opportunities for experts to further increase their knowledge. To do this, and to extol the virtues of our region and its wildlife to as many people as possible, we need you.

Do you have a particular area of expertise you would like to share with interested individuals? Perhaps you’re a botanist, birder or mycologist. Are you an amateur naturalist with an in-depth knowledge of a particular species or site derived from countless hours spent in the field? Whether you feel you could deliver an informal, friendly walk or wild excursion for a small group of like-minded people, or a talk for a mid-sized group in the Great North Museum: Hancock, we would love to hear from you.

Whatever aspect of natural history fascinates you. please get in touch if you would be interested in sharing your knowledge. Whether we’re talking tree or gull identification, rock-pooling, urban wildlife watching or simply a casual walk to enjoy bird migration or blooming orchids, let’s put nature back on the agenda in the North East.

Please contact James Common, NHSN Communications Officer at James.common@newcastle.ac.uk.