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Gosforth Nature Reserve

Gosforth Nature Reserve is currently closed to all visitors.

The Ridley bird hide, GNR © Jill Tate

Gosforth Nature Reserve is currently closed

Gosforth Nature Reserve is currently closed to all visitors and NHSN members in line with government advice regarding coronavirus. We apologise for any disappointment caused.

For more information, please see Coronavirus and NHSN activities.

Please check our website, social media channels and e-newsletters to keep up-to-date with developments.

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About 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.

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.

Visiting Gosforth Nature Reserve

In order to limit disturbance to wildlife on this sensitive reserve, Gosforth Nature Reserve is only open to members of the Natural History Society of Northumbria and visitors with valid a day pass.

Day passes cost £5.00 (adult) and £1.00 (child) and can be purchased from the box at Lake Lodge Cottage. Please remove the permit and map from the envelope and place your money into one of the envelopes before posting through the letterbox at Lake Lodge – remembering to keep the day pass at all times.

If you would like to join NHSN as a member, we will gladly reimburse the cost of your day pass within 30 days if you fill in the small tear-off strip at the bottom of the day pass and send to NHSN alongside your payment.

Please note that no dogs are allowed at Gosforth Nature Reserve, even on a lead.

Hide Keys

A hide key will give you access to three hides at the reserve and the eco-loo.  Members can pay a £5 deposit for a key by following the link in our welcome email, or by cash or cheque at the NHSN office. Non-members using a day pass must pay a £30 deposit at our office, which will be refunded on return of the key.

If you would like to bring a group to visit the reserve, whether you’re an NHSN member or not, please contact the office in advance, providing as much information and notice as possible.

How to get there

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

If you encounter any problems at the reserve, please report them to the Warden in Lake Lodge or contact the NHSN office on 0191 208 2790.

Gosforth NR Wildlife

Gosforth 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.