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Whether you are young or old, an expert or a beginner, NHSN provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, make new friends and learn about the natural world. Throughout the year there is an action-packed programme of indoor and outdoor activities.

If you want to learn a lot more then you can join one of our natural history courses, taught by local experts, or you could train to become a bird ringer. If you want to help wildlife in a more hands-on way then you can volunteer to help us manage our nature reserve or get involved in our conservation and research projects. We also run fantastic activities for schools at our Newcastle nature reserve and organise a variety of exciting natural history field trips across the North East.

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


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.


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.


Education Courses

Learn more about the natural world from local experts in an informal and friendly atmosphere and meet other people who share similar interests.


Student Naturalist Awards Scheme

Our Student Naturalist ‘Awards Scheme’ aims to support the next generation of naturalists through the development of key skills and provision of practical experience in multiple aspects of conservation, including field […]


Volunteer Activities

Getting involved in our work is a great way of being active, learning in-depth and meeting new people – and you would be helping a good cause!


Conservation and Research

NHSN aims to safeguard the flora and fauna of North East England - this is how we do it.


School Visits Newcastle

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is a fantastic resource for children to learn outdoors about the natural world. From Key Stage 1 and upwards they can get hands-on with nature and have fun exploring a variety of habitats and ecosystems.