In the North East, we are lucky to have a number of fascinating and world-class geological formations. Many NHSN members enjoy exploring this fantastic natural resource.

Earth Sciences in the North East

From the great whin sill to myriad quarries and fossil-rich coastal sites, we are fortunate to have fascinating and world-class geological formations in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham.

Many NHSN members are passionate about exploring this fantastic natural resource and regularly take part in field trips and activities organised by NHSN’s Earth Sciences Specialist Group.

NHSN also owns a fantastic collection of rocks, minerals and fossils as part of its collections in the Great North Museum: Hancock. As well as visiting the museum, you can explore some of this collection online, click here.

Your Earth Sciences Coordinators

NHSN Specialist Group coordinators work to provide opportunities for you to enjoy, observe and learn about different strands of natural history.

Karl Egeland-Eriksen

Earth Sciences Co-Coordinator

As co-coordinator of NHSN’s Earth Sciences Specialist Group, Karl inspires the study and enjoyment of geology through field trips, education courses and talks.

Karl is an active member of Open University Geological Society and has organised around 200 geological field trips in Northern England for their local Northumbria branch over the last 10 years.

Brenda Turnbull

Earth Sciences Co-Coordinator

As co-coordinator NHSN’s Earth Sciences Sepcialist Group, Brenda works to promote the study and enjoyment of geology through field trips, talks and informative articles.

Brenda is the Chair of the Geographical Association, Tyne and Wear Branch, and runs their Twitter feed (@GA_Tyne&Wear) to promote Geography, Geology and Earth Sciences.

Exploring the Great Limestone

Recently, local naturalists and NHSN’s Earth Sciences group set out to explore the Great Limestone in Weardale. Take a closer look at what they discovered.

The geology of Holy Island

Take a closer look at the fascinating geology of Lindisfarne in a recent trip report from NHSN’s Earth Sciences specialist group.

More on North East geology

Explore a range of informative articles and local reports to inspire you about geology in the North East.

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Recently, local naturalists and NHSN’s Earth Sciences Section set out to explore the Great Limestone in Weardale. Take a closer look at what they discovered. …
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Recently, local naturalists and NHSN’s Earth Sciences Section set out to explore the geology of Holy Island in Northumberland. Take a closer look at what they discovered. …
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Recently, local naturalists and NHSN’s Earth Sciences Section set out to explore the fascinating geology of Ingram Valley in Northumberland. Take a closer look at what they discovered. …
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Recently, local naturalists and NHSN’s Earth Sciences Section set out to explore the fascinating geology of Seahouses in Northumberland. Take a closer look at what they discovered….
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Recently, NHSN members set out to explore the rich and varied geology of Cow Green in Upper Teesdale. Take a…