Local groups


Local groups

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.

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 events 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.

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

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: Dave Bonser, 01665 576512, david@dbonser.plus.com
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.

Over the summer the group is organising butterfly and bat surveys as well as general nature walks - please check the website for further information. 

Where: United Reformed Church, Main Street, Spittal, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1QY
Contact: Molly Hardie (01289) 332 655 
Website: www.berwickwildlifegroup.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: Anne Middleton at anne2middleton@gmail.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 £3 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 has unfortunately ceased operation. We recommend contacting Hauxley Wildlife Group if based in the area on 01665 568324.

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

Friends of Red House Ramble

The Friends of Red House Ramble group came together to improve the biodiversity of the Red House area helping improve, develop and maintain the land running north/west and then west from the Red House Pub and Restaurant to Red House Drive in Whitley Bay. The group works with the local community and schools and has been planting wild flowers and maintaining the area for the benefit of wildlife. Be part of a growing community!

When: The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month during the winter to work on the Ramble. It meets weekly during the summer months.
Where: Meet at the corner of the flats’ carpark and the south end of the plantation
Contact: Cheryl Savage, (0191) 2972973, (07969) 714308, info@redhouseramble.org.uk
Website: www.redhouseramble.org.uk/about

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 or at: judith.summerson@blueyonder.co.uk
Website: gatesheadwildlifegroup.weebly.com

Hauxley Wildlife Group

The Hauxley wildlife group meets monthly with a diverse programme of illustrated talks by local experts, guided walks and hands on wildlife activities. Meetings are for NWT members only with a requested donation of £3 (includes refreshments). For more details, or to register as a member of the group, please contact Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre so we can add your details to our e-mailing list and send information about our upcoming meetings.

When: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm
Where: Tynan Room, Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre
Contact: Jenna Berry (01665) 568 324

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) 302554

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

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: Chris Wright (01661) 822 210 or pontelandwildlifegroup@gmail.com
Website: pontelandwildlife.wixsite.com/pontelandwildlife