Discover North East nature

Founded in 1829, NHSN is a community for people who study, observe and enjoy nature across the North East.

Explore Gosforth Nature Reserve

Plan your visit to experience the sights and sounds of North East nature at the region’s longest-running nature reserve.

Passionate volunteers will help you make the most of your visit.

National History Society of Northumbria

Your support is invaluable. From the Tees to the Tweed, your NHSN membership makes things happen for nature across the North East.

Discover gift membership

Do you know someone obsessed with North East nature?

Perhaps they enjoy birdwatching or astronomy, are fascinated by insects, or would simply enjoy a quiet walk in a quaint English woodland.

Treat someone you know to a year’s membership of NHSN. They’ll receive a range of great membership benefits and you will help protect nature for years to come.

Natural History Society of Northumbria ›
Open year-round for you to enjoy, Gosforth Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife on the outskirts of Newcastle. Discover…
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Your support allows the NHSN Archive to preserve and celebrate the social history of natural history in the North East….
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Explore the North East’s natural history library and discover over 12,000 books and journals on the natural world. The North…
Seal weighing on the Farne Islands, 1954 © NHSN

Uncover the history of NHSN

For almost two centuries, the passion and enthusiasm of NHSN members has made a difference for North East nature.

A community for people of all interests, backgrounds and experience levels, you can now explore the history of NHSN in a new interactive timeline.

Volunteers clear reeds at Gosforth Nature Reserve
Reedbed clearance at Gosforth Nature Reserve

We rely on dedicated volunteers to help us make a difference

Could you help inspire wonder in the natural world?

By offering just a few hours of your time, you could make a difference for nature across the North East.

Everyone can volunteer with NHSN. Whatever your background, interests, or skills, if you are willing to help, we would love to hear from you.

Wylam art © Stephen Pardue

Share your lockdown reflections

How has Coronavirus affected your thoughts, actions, or appreciation of nature, the place you live, or the wider environment?

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.

Lockdown notes from across the North East

Notes from a Lockdown Naturalist ›
For NHSN member and botanist, Bill Burlton, lockdown was spent exploring plant diversity close to home….
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David Kinchin-Smith shares an update from Coquet Island where isolation helped RSPB staff continue work to monitor and protect wildlife during lockdown….
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Inspired by the sight and sound of Starling murmurations, poet, Terry Astley, shares a new poem capturing beautifully the nature of this seasonal spectacle…