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Join the North East Bee Hunt

Urban or rural, beginner or expert, we need your help to record five distinctive bee species in gardens across North East England this spring and summer.

Everyone can contribute and each record counts! The page below tells you everything you need to get started.

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New for 2020: Monthly Membership

You asked for it, and we listened. We’re pleased to announce a new pay monthly option for new or returning NHSN members. You can now opt for a monthly payment of £3.25 for full membership, or just £2.75 for basic membership and spread the cost of joining throughout the year.

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Give the Gift of Nature

Do you know someone obsessed with North East nature? Perhaps they enjoy birdwatching or astronomy, are fascinated by insects, or simply enjoy a quiet, wildlife-fuelled walk in a quaint English woodland. If this is the case, why not buy them the perfect gift – a year’s membership of NHSN!

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Discover nature in the North East

NHSN promotes the study and observation of the natural world and, in doing so, aims to inspire wonder in North East nature. Something achieved through our education programmes; collections and library based at the Great North Museum: Hancock; and our various natural history talks, events and field trips.


Become a member

Join the Natural History Society of Northumbria today to support nature in North East England, visit Gosforth Nature Reserve and learn about the natural world. Full membership costs only 75p per week.


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.



Coronavirus and NHSN activities

In light of the changing situation surrounding the spread of coronavirus, all NHSN indoor and outdoor activities will be cancelled until the end of April. Please keep an eye on […]


Education Courses

Learn more about the natural world from local experts in an informal and friendly atmosphere and meet other people who share similar interests.


Conservation and Research

NHSN aims to safeguard the flora and fauna of North East England - this is how we do it.



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Great North Museum: Hancock

Our museum is the only natural history museum in the north east of England and following a £26 million redevelopment is one of the region’s top tourist attractions and must-see venues, with nearly 1/2 million visits a year.



Our archive has over 16,000 amazing artworks, photographs, letters, diaries, notebooks and other autograph material. These items and their stories are inspiration for writers, artists, naturalists, scientists and researchers studying natural history, local social history, and the history of art in the North East.



Our specialist natural history library holds a collection of over 12,000 volumes of books and journals, acquired since the NHSN's foundation in 1829.