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Visiting Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

On this page you can find information about visiting the nature reserve.

Bittern, GPNR © Keith Cochrane

In order to limit disturbance to wildlife on this sensitive reserve it is only open to members of the Natural History Society of Northumbria and visiting groups, however there is a reserve open day in July (click here for details). If you are not a member and would like to make a single visit then a day pass can be purchased from our office Mon-Fri.

Download the reserve visitor leaflet for a map of the reserve.

For directions to the reserve and how to get there please click here.

Note to drivers: there are current road closures on the roads that lead from South Gosforth to the Reserve, which look to be completed in February 2018. You can find out more information on Newcastle Council’s website here.

For details of facilities and hazards at the reserve please click here.

Always carry your membership card (or permit) with you or you may be asked to leave by our Wardens.

The Ridley Hide © Jill Tate

There are 3 wildlife viewing hides in the reserve. These are locked and members who don’t already have a key can obtain one (deposit £5) from the Society office.

The only entrance/exit to the reserve is through the garden of the cottage known as Lake Lodge, which belongs to the Society and is the home of our Warden. There is parking in Old Salter’s Lane near to the Lodge.

Please keep to footpaths to avoid damaging the flora. Paths and boardwalks can be wet, muddy and slippery, so wear appropriate footwear and clothing and take care. Visitors with disabilities or access needs please click here for information.

Dogs are not allowed, even on leads. The collection of any kind of plant or animal is forbidden, please take only photographs and leave only footprints.

Information board and the members’ hut, GPNR © NHSN

There is a “members’ hut” close to the reserve entrance which contains a folder where you can record your wildlife sightings when you leave. This is also the best way of finding out what wildlife has been seen recently.

If you encounter any problems at the reserve please report them to the Warden in Lake Lodge or contact the Society office.

The Society regularly organises guided walks and activities at the reserve, please click here to see what’s coming up.

Visiting groups are welcome but must make a booking in advance. Please contact the Society office (Mon-Fri) to book.