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.

Join the North East Ladybird Spot

Urban or rural, enthusiast or expert, wherever you are in the region, your sightings will reveal the mysteries surrounding ladybirds in the North East.

This spring and summer, join the North East Ladybird Spot from the Tees to the Tweed to increase knowledge and understanding of these exquisite invertebrates.

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.

Gosforth Nature Reserve is closed

Your safety is paramount. To keep you safe and in line with government guidance, Gosforth Nature Reserve is closed as of Monday 4 January.

We know how much access to the reserve means to you. When we’re able to open again, you’ll be the first to know.

Please see the page below for further annoucements.

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Gosforth Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife on the outskirts of Newcastle. To keep you safe and in line…
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Your support helps us to preserve and celebrate the social history of natural history in the North East. The history…
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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…

The perfect gift for Mother’s Day

Do you know a special someone passionate about nature?

Perhaps she enjoys birdwatching or botany, is 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 this Mother’s Day. They’ll receive a range of great membership benefits and you will help protect nature for years to come.

Explore new natural history talks

Uncover the latest environmental news and research in one of many free online talks.

From beavers to backyard botany, Gosforth Nature Reserve to the hills and valleys of Teesdale, catch up with all of this year’s talks now on YouTube.

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.

Talks, events and education courses

Explore North East nature through many talks, events and education courses taking place across the region.

From opportunities to observe and enjoy wildlife at some of the most beautiful locations in the North East, to informative talks on the latest environmental research, you’re sure to find something to inspire you.

North East Nature Books

Which books inspired you about the North East’s wildlife and landscapes?

We’re creating a digital bookshelf of the best books that describe, celebrate and inspire wonder in North East nature. Fact or fiction, any book counts, and published poetry and local guide books are welcome too.

By sharing your favourite reads and celebrating the work of authors, poets and naturalists across the region, you’ll help inspire others to enjoy and learn about the natural world.

The latest on nature in the North East

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Local botanist, Lizzie Maddison, shares lockdown notes from the rolling feels above Allenheads, Northumberland….
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Inspired by walks in scenic Weardale, Michael Powell shares a poem highlighting the importance of nature during the testing days of lockdown….
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For local naturalist, Keith Buchanan, the beautiful North Pennines offered relief and escapism during lockdown….