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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.

 

NOTE: Many of our partner groups have now cancelled or postponed events and activities in the light of the Coronavirus up until the end of 2020. We recommend you check with the group directly if you require further information on whether meetings are being held. Thanks for your patience during this time. 
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.

Note: The group is still in a state of flux with Covid precautions so please visit the website for the latest information. The hope is to restart indoor meetings in October on a trial basis. Some outdoor meetings have recommenced but have been restricted to members only initially. 

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.

Note: It is hoped to restart Alnwick Wildlife Group talks and walks as restrictions ease.  Please refer to the AWG website or the monthly newsletters for updates. Please note the venue change to St James's Church Centre (details below). 

When: Last Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm
Where: St James’s Church Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick, NE66 1JW.
Contact: Richard Poppleton on (01665) 578 346, rich.titlington@outlook.com
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.

Note - As a result of Covid-19 outbreak, a number of group meetings have been postponed including the May AGM and June excursion to Holy Island. The group is reviewing the situation for events later in the year. Please check the website for further information. 

Where: The United Reformed Church is unfortunately no longer available for meetings - a new venue is TBC.
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).

Note : Due to Coronavirus group meetings and talks have been moved online for 2021 for group members. The situation for in person activities will be reviewed depending on Government guidance. 

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 (07970) 100 775 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. 

Note: In light of the Covid-19 guidance from the Government, the Friends of Brierdene have suspended or cancelled the following:

  • The monthly committee meetings have been suspended until the situation improves.
  • The AGM on the 29th April has been cancelled.
  • The Annual Bio Blitz and Moth Night which was in the planning stage has now been cancelled.

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!

Note: Based on current Govt guidance, the committee has cancelled all forthcoming meetings as well as the AGM which was to be held in April. Please check for updated information from the group on the Facebook pages. The Ramble (the area of land we look after) remains open to the public unless North Tyneside Council advise to the contrary.

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.

Note: Gateshead Wildlife Group have now cancelled all indoor meetings through to April 2021 but hopes to resume outdoor activities from May providing restrictions are eased.  The situation will be reviewed as guidance changes but please refer to the website for further information. 

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
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.

Note: We're sorry, Hauxley Wildlife Group meetings are not running at present and Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre is closed for staff and visitor safety. We'll review the situation when the Government issues updated guidance. Thanks for your patience during this difficult time.

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.

Note: We're sorry, we're not running any in-person meetings at the Pavillion at the moment. We'll review the situation when Government guidance is updated. 

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.

Note: Due to Covid-19 normal meetings have been suspended but they are investigating online talks. Please  refer to the website for further information.

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

Website: www.ntbc.orh.uk 

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.

Note: Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the group has decided to cancel all meetings originally planned for Jan-April 2021. We're hoping to restart the talks from September depending on current Government guidance. Please visit the website for further information.

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

Wansbeck Natural History Group

The Wansbeck Natural History Group are interested in the natural history of Northumberland and, in particular, the area around the upper Wansbeck river. We aim to learn more more about, and improve, the local environment. We held a programme of walks in the spring and summer months, and are in the process of planning our series of autumn and winter meetings which will be mostly via zoom but will include at least two face to face meetings in a large airy room (if COVID restrictions permit).

Outdoor visits have included a wildlife tour of a local stately home and lake, visits to a local farm-based regeneration project, Upper Wansbeck wetlands, Cresswell and Druridge Pools and East Chevington Nature Reserves, and the Spetchells in Prudhoe. We also held a “Moths and Croissants” morning!

Our winter talk series for 2021/22 will include talks on Coquet Island, the Restoring Ratty project, Northumberland bats, and pine martens.

When: Talks are announced in advance and usually run from 18.30 to 19.30. The day of the week may vary
Where: Talks are held via zoom or at Middleton Village Hall, Morpeth NE61 4RA
Contact: Hazel Nieuwkoop 07585505907 or hazeltinegate@hotmail.com