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Gosforth Nature Reserve

Updated 5 November 2020

Gosforth Nature Reserve is open for NHSN members to enjoy.

To stay safe and ensure you have a great visit, please read the visitor information available on our website. Please observe social distancing at all times when visiting the reserve and wear face coverings while using the hides.

Interested in visiting? Find out more about NHSN membership.

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Explore North East nature this autumn

As darker nights and colder days close in, continue to study and enjoy nature from home this season.

This year, our Friday Talks will take place digitally; delivered on YouTube for you to enjoy at home. Members can also look forward to a new series of digital education courses. Look out for details very soon!

Please keep an eye on your members’ e-news for further details.

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The NHSN office remains closed, for now…

To keep members and staff safe, the NHSN Team are continuing homeworking. You can still reach us each day by emailing, or out of hours on social media. We’d love to hear from you and will respond to enquiries as soon as possible.

The Great North Museum: Hancock is now open but we are not yet in a position for staff and volunteers to return to the building.


Give the Gift of Nature

Do you know someone obsessed with North East nature? Perhaps they enjoy birdwatching or astronomy, are fascinated by insects, or simply enjoy a quiet, wildlife-fuelled walk in a quaint English woodland. If this is the case, why not buy them the perfect gift – a year’s membership of NHSN!

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Discover nature in the North East

NHSN promotes the study and observation of the natural world and, in doing so, aims to inspire wonder in North East nature. Something achieved through our education programmes; collections and library based at the Great North Museum: Hancock; and our various natural history talks, events and field trips.


NHSN Talks & Events

Since 1829, NHSN's Nature Talks have shared the latest news and research from the environmental field. Discover the new programme here.


Notes from a Lockdown Naturalist

Help capture a moment in time by sharing your Notes from a Lockdown Naturalist; a snapshot of your thoughts and reflections on the natural world during lockdown. You could write a short article, create some art, compose a poem. It’s up to you.



Coronavirus and NHSN

Many of your indoor and outdoor programme activities are suspended. You can still be inspired by nature whilst staying safe at home. Find out more here.


North East Nature Talks & Videos

Grab your favourite beverage, sit back and discover North East nature from home as you enjoy new videos and talks from local naturalists


The North East Bee Hunt

You can make a big difference for bees in 2020 by recording the species seen in your garden. Right across the North East, every record counts. Spread the word and join the North East Bee Hunt


North East Nature

NHSN publishes North East Nature magazine three times a year to keep members up-to-date with the latest happenings in natural history in North East England. This full-colour publication is delivered to all our members and can also be downloaded from the Members Area.



Our archive has over 16,000 amazing artworks, photographs, letters, diaries, notebooks and other autograph material. These items and their stories are inspiration for writers, artists, naturalists, scientists and researchers studying natural history, local social history, and the history of art in the North East.



Our specialist natural history library holds a collection of over 12,000 volumes of books and journals, acquired since the NHSN's foundation in 1829.


Become a member

Join the Natural History Society of Northumbria today to support nature in North East England, visit Gosforth Nature Reserve and learn about the natural world. Full membership costs only 75p per week.