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.
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.
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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.
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.