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Gosforth Nature Reserve

Gosforth Nature Reserve is open for members to enjoy. Please read the information below prior to visiting to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

The Ridley bird hide, GNR © Jill Tate

Gosforth Nature Reserve

Temporary visitor information in light of Covid-19

Gosforth Nature Reserve is open for you to enjoy.  Events and access for non-members are not yet available to help limit contact between visitors and volunteers. Your well-being is our number one priority.

Visitor Information

  • NHSN Members Only (Visitor Passes for Non-Members are not currently available)
  • 9.00am to 6.00pm (5pm last admission)
  • Early opening from 8.00 am on Monday mornings
  • Hides and the eco-loo will remain unlocked during opening hours
  • Bring your NHSN Membership Card. Without a card please bring your renewal/joining email.

Tips for a great visit

  • Stay alert and be considerate to Members and volunteers
  • Please observe social distancing
  • Please wear face masks while using the hides
  • Hides will be restricted numbers. Please allow others time in the hide.
  • Report any unacceptable behaviour to a Volunteer Ranger
  • Your membership covers family at one address
  • Share with us your memories and photos of your visit!

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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. Download the reserve visitor leaflet for a map of the reserve, showing the hides and footpaths.

How to get there

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


For details of facilities and hazards at the reserve, please click here. Paths and boardwalks can often 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.

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.