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An invitation to a private nature reserve with experts and conservation advice

2nd July 2011

A free drop-in Exploration Day at a popular private nature reserve is taking place this Saturday 2 July, led by wildlife experts from the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN).

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve in Newcastle, which recently featured on BBC’s Springwatch, is usually closed to the public but is welcoming everyone to come and learn about the wildlife on their doorstep as well as helping with conservation by recording what they see.

The Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN), which manages the reserve, is working in association with the Environmental Records Information Centre (ERIC) North East to get people in the region involved.

Katherine Pinnock, ERIC North East Co-ordinator, says:

“We want to get everyone involved in learning more about our natural environment and this free event at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is the perfect way for people to join in.

“People can drop in any time to come visit the reserve, speak to wildlife experts and learn about the techniques used to track and record wildlife.”

James Littlewood, Director of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, says:

“Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is one of the best wildlife watching sites in the Newcastle area and we are really pleased to welcome people for the day.

“We hope that visitors will want to come back and will join the Society to help us with our nature conservation work.”

The nature reserve is a haven for the variety of creatures which live there – mammals, birds, amphibians and butterflies, and people can drop in at any time from 10.30am – 3.30pm to see the wildlife.

The NHSN and ERIC North East both work out of the region’s natural history museum the Great North Museum: Hancock.

Visitors to the museum can browse through the NHSN library and archives which are part of the Great North Museum: Hancock’s library on the second floor of the Museum.

The nature reserve entrance is on Old Salter’s Lane, off the A189 between South Gosforth and West Moor. See the website for details: www.nhsn.ncl.uk

The NHSN is a charity that works to encourage the study of natural history and protect the flora and fauna in the North East of England.

For more information, or if you have any disability related access needs, contact ERIC North East by phone on 0191 222 5158, website www.ericnortheast.org.uk or by email at eric.ne@twmuseums.org.uk.