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.

The North East Ladybird Spot returns soon!

Did you know that winter is a great time to spot ladybirds?

On walls, trees, fence posts and gravestones, many species can be seen tucked up in hibernation during the colder months.

Sign up to the North East Ladybird Spot today and share your sightings of these colourful insects. Every record counts!

Natural History Society of Northumbria

Your support is invaluable. From the Tees to the Tweed, your NHSN membership makes things happen for nature across the North East.

Explore Gosforth Nature Reserve

Looking for a quiet place to enjoy North East nature this winter?

From Badgers to Bitterns, there’s lots to discover at the region’s oldest nature reserve this season.

Passionate local volunteers look forward to welcoming you.

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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 and discover over 12,000 books and journals on the natural world. The North…
Spring Gentian © Martin Rogers

Talks and videos to inspire you

Take a look at NHSN’s new YouTube channel to explore the latest environmental news, discover emerging research and share in the sightings and encounters of North East naturalists.

From beavers to backyard botany, Gosforth Nature Reserve to the hills and valleys of Teesdale, you’re sure to find something to inspire you.

Please do subscribe to ensure you stay notified whenever we release a new video.

Seal weighing on the Farne Islands, 1954 © NHSN

Uncover the history of NHSN

For almost two centuries, the passion and enthusiasm of NHSN members has made a difference for North East nature.

A community for people of all interests, backgrounds and experience levels, you can now explore the history of NHSN in a new interactive timeline.

We rely on dedicated NHSN volunteers to make a difference

Could you help inspire wonder in the natural world?

By offering just a few hours of your time, you could make a difference for nature across the North East.

Everyone can volunteer with NHSN. Whatever your background, interests, or skills, if you are willing to help, we would love to hear from you.

Explore Gift Membership

Do you know someone passionate about nature?

Perhaps they enjoy birdwatching or botany, are fascinated by insects, or would simply enjoy a quiet walk in a quaint English woodland.

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.

Explore nature in the North East

Citizen Science ›
Local naturalist, Charlotte Rankin, provides a short guide to red-spotted ladybird species found in the North East….
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White-tailed bees can be a confusing bunch. Learn to identify some of the most frequently encountered species in a new post by Charlotte Rankin….
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Recently, local naturalists and NHSN’s Earth Sciences Section set out to explore the fascinating geology of Ingram Valley in Northumberland. Take a closer look at what they discovered. …
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Local naturalist, Charlotte Rankin, provides a short guide to the red-tailed bumblebees that you could spot across the North East….
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Last week, NHSN members set out in search of bees and Bee Orchids at Silverlink Biodiversity Park. Here, James Common takes a look back at what they discovered….
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Take a look back at your North East Ladybird Spot highlights this summer in a new blog from local naturalist, Charlotte Rankin….