Urban Plant Safari


Key Details



Explore and enjoy urban wildflowers around Hebburn. Part of Gosforth's Wild Web.

A bout Gosforth's Wild Web

All Gosforth's Wild Web events are free, fun and friendly. Made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, they provide opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy and experience local wildlife in the neighbourhoods across Newcastle and North Tyneside. What will you discover in your local area? Join in today and start noticing nature near you. For more information about the project, please see here.

E ssential Information

Event lead: James Common

Event length: 1 session, Sunday 17 December, 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm (approx)

Event structure: Informal walk

L evel: Beginner/Enthusiast

Meet at: Hebburn Metro Station, car park, NZ308646, brief.less.flames

Find a grid reference: https://gridreferencefinder.com

Event cost: Free to all

About this event

Weeds, wildflowers, whatever you call them, our urban plants are a fascinating bunch. Adapted to life on our pavements, walls, and roadsides, it is amazing how many species you can find out there in the urban jungle.

Perfect for beginners, this new series of walks with botanist, James Common, will explore the fascinating plants with which we share our city. Together, we'll learn to recognise common and familiar species while appreciating the beauty of the hardy plants that bloom in cracks and crevices across Gosforth's Wild Web.

Questions (and identification queries) are welcome at any time by emailing james.common@newcastle.ac.uk.



This event comprises a walk of approx 1.5 miles. This event will involve crossing areas of grass. Please remember that footpaths can be narrow in places. We may also need to cross roads on occasion.

Recommended equipment:

Sturdy shoes.

About the event lead:

James works as Senior Naturalist at NHSN. Outside of work, he is a passionate wildlife recorder with a focus on botany and invertebrates. As a botanist, he is a joint BSBI Vice-County Recorder for North Northumberland and an iRecord verifier for South Northumberland. Away from plants, he is an enthusiastic recorder of insects, especially ladybirds.