Discover North East nature

NHSN is a community for those who study nature and enjoy wildlife in Northumberland, Durham and Tyne & Wear. Founded in 1829, we work to inspire wonder in the natural world, from the Tees to the Tweed.

Exciting Vacancy for an Urban Naturalist

Do you have naturalist field skills in either plants, insects or mammals?

Would a job based on an SSSI nature reserve on Tyneside excite you?

Do you seek a busy schedule engaging people to inspire wonder in urban wildlife?

If your answers to all three questions are ‘yes’, please check out the exciting opportunity below.

Natural History Society of Northumbria

North East nature needs people committed to protecting and understanding it.

NHSN is a community of people connected by a shared interest in the natural world.

Get involved today and join a community of over 2,800 members passionate about local nature.

Gosforth’s Wild Web Events

Come along to one of our free family bioblitzes or pop-up events in local parks’ across Newcastle.

Drop in any time to enjoy the wildlife around you and join in with fun activities. There is no need to book.

Where is Gosforth’s Wild Web?

Gosforth’s Wild Web is a chance for you to explore, experience and enjoy wildlife in the 100 one-kilometre squares surrounding Gosforth Nature Reserve.

We want to see an urban Tyneside richer in nature.  To achieve this, we need to know where wildlife is and how it travels through the city. You can help by noticing nature near you and telling us what you see.

Do you live, work, play or visit any of the areas nearby? If so, we’d love to hear about the wildlife you’ve been spotting.

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Help us build a picture of what nature means to people in the North East during difficult times by sharing…
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You can share your Gosforth’s Wild Web sightings quickly and easily using the handy form below. Share Your Sightings Taking…
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Introducing the Young North East Naturalist Journal, a new booklet designed to showcase North East Nature and get young people…

Natural History Talks

Each winter, NHSN runs a popular series of talks to inspire you about North East nature.

Talks are held between October and March at Newcastle University and are recorded to share online.

Explore an inspiring new talk below and enjoy more by clicking here.

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Gosforth Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife on the outskirts of Newcastle. Discover the North East’s longest-running nature reserve…
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Your support helps us to preserve and celebrate the social history of natural history in the North East. A record…
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Explore the North East’s natural history library collection and discover over 12,000 books and journals on the natural world. The…

Lifelong Learning with NHSN

Inspired to learn more about North East nature?

With courses on botany, birds, art, geology, and more, you’re sure to find something to interest you on a natural history course with NHSN.

Delivered by supportive and knowledgeable local tutors, courses take place year-round and everyone is welcome.

Discover Gift Membership

Do you know someone passionate about nature?

Perhaps they enjoy birds or botany, are fascinated by insects, or would simply enjoy a visit to Gosforth Nature Reserve.

Treat someone you know to a year’s membership of NHSN. They’ll receive a range of great membership benefits and you will help protect nature for years to come.

Hire the Field Studies Room

Looking for a tranquil, natural setting to host your next event, meeting or workshop?

NHSN’s Field Studies Room is located in the quiet oasis of Gosforth Nature Reserve, a wildlife haven located on the outskirts of Newcastle.

Suitable for groups of up to thirty adults, or forty children, the room layout can be tailored to find your group’s needs.

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The North East Bee Hunt is back for a fifth year! Join in today and help put our region’s bees…
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Join the North East Ladybird Spot today and help protect these colourful insects across the North East Join the North…
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Wherever you are in the North East, we need your help to put orchids on the map in 2024. Join…