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Gosforth Nature Reserve

One of the best wildlife watching sites in Newcastle and Tyne & Wear, this private nature reserve is important for its rare fauna and flora.

The Ridley bird hide, GPNR © Jill Tate

NHSN has managed Gosforth Nature Reserve since 1929. This beautiful 1km x 1km wildlife refuge in the north of Newcastle has a shallow lake, extensive reed bed, mixed woodland and is a tranquil oasis from the city. The reserve is scientifically important for its uncommon flora and fauna, which includes Bittern, Kingfisher, Otter, Red Squirrel, Coral-root Orchid and Purple Hairstreak Butterfly.

The reserve has hides and boardwalks that enable visitors to view waterfowl, waders and reed bed birds at one of the best bird watching sites in the Newcastle area. Woodland trails and a feeding station provide an opportunity to see a wide range of woodland birds, mammals and flowers. There is also a small wildflower meadow. The reserve has a population of Roe Deer, Red Squirrel, Fox and Badger and if you are lucky you might see an Otter.

Wednesday conservation sessions.

We would like to thank the Volunteer Conservation Leaders and Wednesday volunteers for their continued support, commitment and enthusiasm. We always welcome new volunteers! If you would like to help too, sessions run from 10am-1pm, meeting at the reserve entrance (click for directions). Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and suitable footwear (we recommend wellies), and bring with you any drinks/snacks you need to keep you going. Everyone is welcome, including friends and family, as long as you are able to carry out light physical work. No need to book, just turn up. We will go ahead in rain!

You can find out more about the reserve through the links below:

Your Gosforth Photography

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve provides a home for myriad rare and exciting species mere miles from the heart of Newcastle. These images, submitted by NHSN supporters, highlight just some of the wildlife to be seen at the reserve.


Visiting Gosforth Nature Reserve

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is open to NHSN members. Non-members are also very welcome to walk around the reserve by purchasing a day pass or by attending one of our open days.


Gosforth Park Wildlife

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is one of the best places to see wildlife in Newcastle and Tyne & Wear. On this page you can find out about some of the reserve’s wildlife.


Save Gosforth Wildlife

Find out about the Save Gosforth Wildlife campaign and help us to protect Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and its wildlife from being surrounded by development.


Conservation work

How we care for the nature reserve and improve habitats for wildlife.


Gosforth Nature Reserve Open Day

Once a year in the summer, we open the reserve to the public.