Wherever you are in the North East, you can help answer the big questions around wildlife by taking part in citizen science projects across the region.

Answering the big questions around North East nature

To protect nature, we need to know as much as we can about it. Conservationists and researchers cannot do this alone – you can help. By taking part, you’ll make a difference for nature across the North East.

Our citizen science schemes invite you to get involved with research across the region. By observing wildlife, sharing records and inspiring others, you’ll help develop a better understanding of nature across the North East.

Anyone can take part – wherever you are in the North East, whether you’re an enthusiast or expert, whether you can give a little time or lots. Taking part is a great way to develop your skills and add an exciting new dimension to your enjoyment of the natural world.

Hundreds of people across the North East take part to better our knowledge of nature. Will you join them?

Get Involved

Everyone can help record and study wildlife. Discover new opportunities to get involved with citizen science across the North East.

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Can you help record the North East’s ladybirds in 2021? By taking part in the North East Ladybird Spot, you’ll…
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Help protect bees in 2021 by recording the species you observe close to home. Right across the North East, every…

Why should you record wildlife?

Environmental records underpin wildlife conservation across the UK. Explore the difference your records can make in a recent talk by naturalist, Ryan Clark.

Bittern landing in reeds
Bittern © Chris Castling

Recording wildlife at GNR

Your wildlife observations make a world of difference by helping us learn about and protect wildlife at Gosforth Nature Reserve.

Sightings of all species help us track the fortunes of wildlife populations, monitor change and target conservation action.

Each year, visitors make new and exciting discoveries at the reserve, you can share yours by visiting the page below.

Peacock © Chris Barlow

Discover iRecord

iRecord is the perfect platform for sharing your wildlife observations from across the North East.

Join NHSN Conservation Officer, Charlotte Rankin, for an introduction to iRecord and find out how to share your wildlife sightings and contribute to conservation across the North East.

Perfect for participants of the North East Ladybird Spot and North East Bee Hunt, these guides share all you need to know to make the most of your records.

Have a sighting to share?

You can help monitor and protect North East nature by sharing your observations with your local Environmental Records Information Centre.

Records of all species are welcome, wherever you are in the North East.

Submit a sighting today to help track the fortunes of regional wildlife. Every record really does count.

Wildlife recording & identification

From bees and ladybirds to advice on photographing, recording and researching wildlife, explore a range of articles shared to help you make the most of your observations.

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In the first in a new series, Charlotte Rankin explores how you can make the most of your sightings through wildlife recording….
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In the next in a new series, Charlotte Rankin explores the difference your wildlife records can make, both locally and across the UK…
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White butterflies are a common sight during the warmer months of the year and in the North East, you are likely to encounter four common species. Separate and identify these four species with NHSN Invertebrate Section lead, Gordon Port. …
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This year, naturalists across the North East took part in the North East Bee Hunt. Mapping the region’s bees, your…
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Local naturalist, Charlotte Rankin, provides a short guide to red-spotted ladybird species found in the North East….
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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….