A major boost for Volunteer Rangers

Supported by the Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), volunteers have worked tirelessly to construct a new Welcome Hut by the reserve entrance. Serving as a base for Volunteer Rangers, the new building will provide much-needed shelter, ensuring volunteers have a warm, dry place from which to welcome you to the reserve.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, Volunteer Rangers have worked around the clock to ensure visitors receive a safe friendly welcome to Gosforth Nature Reserve, sharing sightings, answering your questions and supporting members as they returned to the reserve following lockdown. Now, they will be able to continue their important work, ensuring the reserve remains a place of learning and enjoyment for years to come.

Thanks to the tireless work of Christopher Wren and Paul Drummond who erected the building in a record four days, the new Welcome Hut is now complete, and volunteers are already feeling the benefits.

Lockdown has inspired many more people to appreciate the value of nature on their doorstep. With your support, alongside that of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, volunteers will ensure that Gosforth Nature Reserve continues to inspire visitors of all ages.

Volunteering at Gosforth Nature Reserve throughout the summer has been a wonderful experience and it has been inspiring to welcome so many visitors passionate about the reserve and it’s wildlife. Working at the reserve throughout the winter months would have been an uncomfortable experience without shelter and I am grateful to the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland for their generous support in providing shelter at the reserve. Now, Volunteer Rangers will be able to offer a friendly welcome to visitors regardless of the wild North East weather.

Catherine Montgomery, Volunteer Ranger
Paul and Chris hard at work laying the foundations of the new Welcome Hut

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Gosforth Nature Reserve, working around the clock to ensure visitors receive a first-class welcome and are able to enjoy this wonderful reserve to its fullest. Without Volunteer Rangers, the reopening of the reserve would not have been possible, and I wanted to thank each Volunteer Ranger for their support and dedication this summer.

Thanks to the generous support of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, volunteers will now be fully supported in their work to inspire wonder at the reserve.

On behalf of NHSN, I would also like to thank all members who have visited the reserve throughout the summer. Your support and enthusiasm enables volunteers to work wonders for nature at the reserve and I know Volunteer Rangers have loved speaking to you at the gate and sharing in your passion for your reserve and its wildlife.

Clare Freeman, NHSN Director