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Gosforth Nature Reserve

Gosforth Nature Reserve is open again for NHSN members to enjoy.  Access for non-members is not yet available.  We are working towards providing a safe method for visitors and volunteers for taking payments for day passes.  If you have a smartphone you can join NHSN on the day!

To stay safe and ensure you have a great visit, please read the temporary visitor information available on our website. Please observe social distancing at all times when visiting the reserve and wear face coverings while using the hides.

Interested in visiting? Find out more about NHSN membership.

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Discover nature closer to home

As the season advances and the landscape springs to life, lookout for new opportunities to learn about nature closer to home.

From natural history talks, the North East Bee Hunt, articles, videos, and your wonderful photography, there’ll be lots online for you to enjoy while staying safe at home.

Please feel free to share your favourite links with friends and family.

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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.

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The North East Bee Hunt

You can make a big difference for bees in 2020 by recording the species seen in your garden. Right across the North East, every record counts. Spread the word and join the North East Bee Hunt

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Notes from a Lockdown Naturalist

Help capture a moment in time by contributing your notes of a lockdown naturalist. We want to capture your Notes from a Lockdown Naturalist; a snapshot of your thoughts and reflections. You could write a short article, create some art, compose a poem. It’s up to you.

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Activities

Coronavirus and NHSN

Many of your indoor and outdoor programme activities are suspended. You can still be inspired by nature whilst staying safe at home. Find out more here.

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North East Nature Videos

Grab your favourite beverage, sit back and discover North East nature as you enjoy new videos from local naturalists

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Online Natural History Talks

Learn about nature at home as you revisit your favourite 'Friday Night' talks and discover those you missed. From botany to birdlife, mammals to marine life, our online talks have something for everyone.

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North East Nature

NHSN publishes North East Nature magazine three times a year to keep members up-to-date with the latest happenings in natural history in North East England. This full-colour publication is delivered to all our members and can also be downloaded from the Members Area.

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Archive

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.

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Library

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.

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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.

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