Join a local wildlife group

Local groups are an external voice for the Trust and make a real difference, giving time, energy and enthusiasm to support and promote our work. Their meetings are a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and find out more about conservation issues and wildlife in the region.

 

"Meeting like-minded people, and sharing knowledge of our diverse landscape are what makes our programme worthwhile. From expert speakers to summer walks, we enjoy the best of our region."
Atholl Swanston,
Chairman, Coquetmouth Group

We are proud to work alongside local groups of dedicated wildlife and conservation enthusiasts, and grateful for their fundraising efforts and support.

Many groups deliver a range of walks, talks and activities throughout the year, and are pleased to welcome newcomers. Have a look at the What's on section of our website to explore various upcoming events with different groups.

Please find information about each group below, including contact details for getting involved. Alternatively, if you are a member of a similar group that isn’t listed, or would like to discuss forming a group in your area please contact the Trust directly.



Alnwick & District Natural History Society

The group meets once a month, to encourage an interest in the study of Natural History, help with the conservation of local flora and fauna, and maintain local natural history records.

When: 1st Thursday of each month at 7.30pm
Where: Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick
Contact: Coral Turnbull on (01665) 602 614
Website: www.adnhs.org.uk


Alnwick Wildlife Group

The Alnwick Wildlife Group holds monthly indoor meetings from September to May, each with a speaker supported by a visual presentation. The group also produces a monthly members’ newsletter and holds occasional field trips. They encourage a friendly, social environment for all who attend, and indoor meeting always end with free refreshments.

When: Last Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm
Where: St. Michael’s Church Hall, Bailiffgate, Alnwick
Contact: Richard Poppleton on (01665) 578 346 
Website: www.alnwickwildlifegroup.co.uk


Berwick Wildlife Group

Berwick Wildlife Group is an independent group affiliated with Northumberland Wildlife Trust. We aim to study, records, protect and enjoy wildlife around Berwick-upon-Tweed. Monthly indoor and outdoor meetings are arranged, including walks, talks and surveys of various species. Individually we are not experts, but together we are learning and we would be delighted if you joined us. We meet every third Wednesday at 7.30pm.

We organise walks and surveys during the summer from June so please check the website for further information.

Where: William Elder Building, 56-58 Castle Gate, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1JT
Contact: Stephen Block bwg@berwickwildlifegroup.org.uk
Website: www.berwickwildlifegroup.org.uk


Border Natural History Society

The Border Natural History Society is long-established and has a programme of speakers from September to April each year. Meeting dates are included on the community events listing. All talks are held at Bellingham Middle School at 7.30pm prompt, with refreshments available afterwards.

The society is self-supporting and open to anyone who wants to come along. BNHS membership for the year is £7.50 (under 18s, £1). Non-members are welcome to any of the talks for a fee of £3.

Where: Bellingham Middle School, Bellingham
Contact: Lee Hollings on (01434) 221 284 or lee.hollings@hotmail.com
Website: bordernats.wordpress.com


Coquetdale Group

The Coquetdale Group meets for illustrated talk on various wildlife-related topics, and membership of the group is available to members of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, at an annual fee of £5. Members of the public are welcome to attend (charged at £2.50 per meeting for a limited number of visits, and then you will be expected to join the Trust).

When: 1st Monday of each month at 7.30pm (September to April, with field visits arranged in May, June & July)
Where: Jubilee Hall, Rothbury
Contact: Lorna Aiken, on (01669) 640 237 or email lornaholystone@gmail.com


Coquetmouth Group

The Coquetmouth Group holds indoor meetings once a month from September to April, and evening walks throughout the summer. Entrance charges are £1.50, including refreshments.

When: 3rd Monday of each month from September to April at 7.30pm
Where: St Mark’s Church Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble
Contact: Sue Swanston on (01665) 711 177

 

Friends of Brierdene

Friends of Brierdene manage the Brierdene Wildlife Site on the north side of Whitley Bay. This Green Flag (community) Site is managed by an active group of volunteer with management and conservation work on site every Wednesday and Saturday from 10.00 am to 12.00 am throughout the year. 
Our activities are open to all, but we can arrange specific days for a group of volunteers or a site visit. 

When: Committee usually meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month (except August) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Where: The Kittiwake Public House in Whitley Lodge.
Contact: Steve Stone on (0191) 2512149, steve.stone2@btinternet.com
Website: friendsofbrierdene.org.uk


Gateshead Group

Gateshead Wildlife Group welcomes everyone interested in wildlife and conservation. Winter meetings include illustrated talks on plants, insects, birds and mammals, wildlife in another country and a general conservation issue. All the talks are followed by tea/coffee and an opportunity to chat to other members. Members free, visitors £2. During the summer we organise free field trips according to the interests of the group.

When: 2nd Tuesday of each month from September to April at 7.15pm to 9pm
Where: St Helen’s Church Hall, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell
Contact: Judy Summerson on (07811) 927 330 judith.summerson@blueyonder.co.uk or at:
12 Sunnidale, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 5TT
Website: gatesheadwildlifegroup.weebly.com


North Northumberland Bird Club

The club meet monthly for illustrated bird talks, exchange of news, raffles and refreshments. They also organise field trips, assistance with bird identification, and a monthly newsletter. Annual subscriptions range from individual membership at £10, or family membership at £15.Non-members £2 donation per meeting.

When: 2nd Friday of each month at 7.30pm
Where: Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion
Contact: Liz Harrison (01289) 388 869


Northumberland & Tyneside Bird Club

The Northumberland & Tyneside Bird Club holds a range of free illustrated talks from local bird experts on a range of conservation issues.

When: 2nd Thursday of each month from 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Where: Northern Rugby Club, Great North Road, Newcastle
Contact: Martin Davison, (07962) 720 616


Northumberland Badger Group

Northumberland Badger Group is now operating independently. For more information, visit their website www.northumberlandbadgergroup.org.uk


Northumbria Mammal Group

Welcome to the Northumbria Mammal Group. If you are interested in mammals and their conservation, then this could be for you! Linked to the Wildlife Trusts in the North East and the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the group is small yet very active, offering a range of activities including:

  • Summer field meetings
  • Mammal walks, talks and lectures
  • Participation in local and national surveys

Membership is open to anybody who supports the aims of the group, though you should be either a member (or happy to become a member!) of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, the Natural History Society of Northumbria, or the local badger or bat groups. Our membership costs £5 annually (£2.50 concessions) and members receive a quarterly newsletter, an invitation to the AGM, and of course, the opportunity to become involved!

If you would like to know more, would like to join or would simply like to tell us about your mammal sightings, please contact Veronica Carnell on (0191) 213 2647.


Ponteland Group

The Ponteland Group holds both indoor and outdoor meetings throughout the year, including one coach outing to a more distant reserve. Refreshments are provided after talks, alongside a raffle and sales stall. Entrance fee £2, includes coffee and cakes.

When: 1st Tuesday of each month (indoor) from September to April at 7.30pm, with outdoor meetings held monthly all year round
Where: St Mary’s Church Hall, Thornhill Road, Ponteland
Contact: Mary Lee (01670) 503 248 or pontelandnwtgroup@yahoo.co.uk