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Do you know someone obsessed with North East nature? Perhaps they enjoy birdwatching or astronomy, are fascinated by insects, or simply enjoy a quiet, wildlife-fuelled walk in a quaint English woodland. If this is the case, why not buy them the perfect gift this festive period - a year's membership of NHSN! 

Badger © Kaleel Zibe

During the current NHSN office closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, we welcome all new and gift memberships. New members will also receive a digital copy of our membership pack until we can resume normal operations.

Digital membership packs will be sent to the buyer of the gift membership, so then they are free to pass them on to the recipient – no ruined surprises! Thanks to all our members for their continued support.

What are the benefits of membership?

Free entry to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

This beautiful and peaceful nature reserve is one of the best wildlife watching sites in the North East and is open only to NHSN members and their families. Enjoy species such as Bittern, Kingfisher, Otter and Roe Deer as you visit the sites expansive woodland and wetlands areas, or sit back and observe sensational Starling murmurations from the reserves comfortable hides.

hide key will give you access to the three hides at the reserve, as well as the eco-loo.  Members can pay a £5 deposit for a  key by following the link in our welcome email or by visiting the NHSN office on the 2nd floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).

Take a stand for urban wildlife

While membership allows you to enjoy Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, it also allows us to maintain and protect it. With your support, we are able to keep the reserve in tip-top shape and our wildlife safe from development and disturbance. Simply put, your membership helps provide a home for nature in the heart of Newcastle.

Support our Winter Lecture Programme

NHSN holds weekly lectures every Friday evening from October to March. Experts give entertaining and educational talks on a wide range of topics including plants, animals, birds, insects, geology and ecology. All are welcome to attend talks and with an incredibly diverse schedule, there is surely something to please everyone, regardless of interest or experience level.

Programme of Field Trips & Activities

NHSN members can attend any of our events and field-trips free of charge. Our outdoor events, led by friendly experts, cater to all experience levels and interests. We also run a busy schedule of indoor events – exploring natural history in the form of talks, classes and exhibitions in our home at the Great North Museum: Hancock.

To find out more about the variety of events, field trips, talks and classes run by NHSN, please visit our activities section.

“My partner kindly gave me NHSN membership as a present. Since then we have visited Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. It was a wonderful experience for us, seeing our first starling murmuration there. NHSN and Gosforth Park Reserve…the gift that keeps on giving!” Chris Mullarkey, NHSN member

Natural History Courses

Members are welcome to take part in our education courses and learn from our experts in the fields of ornithology, botany, entomology, astronomy, geology and more. From longer, weekly classes designed to broaden your horizons and expand your knowledge of natural history, to crash courses in wildlife identification, all are welcome to come along, socialise and learn something new. Course fees apply.

Use of the NHSN library

The Society’s library in the Great North Museum: Hancock contains the best collection of natural history books in the north of England, from modern field guides to old and historically valuable texts. Members have access to all these publications and can borrow up to 4 books at a time.

North East Nature magazine & e-mail updates

All NHSN members receive our triannual magazine, North East Nature: showcasing local wildlife and natural history from the people who know it best and covering all aspects of natural history in our region. We also send out regular e-mail updates with information about activities and events going on in the North East.


NHSN publishes two editions of its journal, Northumbrian Naturalist, each year: one volume, Northumberland Coastal Wildlife, and a second volume featuring papers on topics of regional interest. Back issues of these are also available for download from the members’ area of our website. Those members who have opted for Full Membership will also receive a printed copy of both publications.

Show your support for North East Nature

NHSN’s conservation efforts are not limited solely to our work at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. Your membership allows us to continue to take a stand for nature as part of the Tyne Kittiwake Partnership and advisory committees for Lindisfarne and Coquet Island. It allows us to continue bird ringing, so increase our knowledge of bird species in our region, and to continue to gather environmental records in coordination with ERIC North East. All in addition to small grants offered to conservation and research initiatives in the local area.

Membership includes your family too!

With the exception of Student membership, all our memberships are family memberships and cover 2 adults living at the same address, plus any dependent children. This means that your family benefits from all aspects of NHSN membership, including free access to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and myriad events, field trips, talks and courses.

£33 per year
£39 per year
£20 per year
£700 one-off
Support nature conservation & education
Weekly Programme of Lectures in Winter
Full Programme of Field Outings
Free Entry to Gosforth Park Nature Reserve
Borrow Books from Society’s Library
Access to Natural History Courses
Includes your family
Receive copies of the Northumbrian Naturalist
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How do I buy a membership ?

Pay online

You can pay by credit or debit card or by PayPal (use the links above). You do not need a PayPal account to use this system. If you wish to pay by card select “check out as a guest” and “Pay with a card”.

By Direct Debit

You can set up a Direct Debit with us so that your membership automatically renews each year. This saves you the hassle and saves us administration costs. To set up a Direct Debit, select the membership you want above, then choose to pay by “GoCardless” when prompted.

By post/cheque

Please download the membership application form here, complete and post this to us, along with your cheque.

In person/cash

At our office in the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle (Mon-Fri 10am-5.00pm).