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Project information

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Creating education facilities at one of Newcastle's best wildlife sites so that young people in the region can be inspired by and learn about the natural world where they live.

2 years

Charity information: The Natural History Society of Northumbria

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  • Need


    The nature reserve is close to Newcastle and several schools and is potentially a fantastic resource for young people to learn about the natural world close to where they live. Unfortunately there are no facilities at the reserve, such as toilets, hand washing and shelter that are needed for study length visits. We also need to enlarge our small viewing hides so that they can be used by groups of children.


    Our project will design and build facilities at the reserve that will enable school groups to visit and study the natural world.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create facilities at the reserve so that school groups can learn about the natural world.


    » Work with schools and young people to design facilities that they want and that have no impact on the environment.
    » Create facilities such as toilets, hand-washing and shelter.
    » Improve existing facilities at the reserve so that they are suitable for school groups, for example creating bigger wildlife viewing hides.

    What success will look like

    Success will be local schools visiting the reserve regulary to study the natural sciences.

    Aim 2

    To improve habitats in the reserve for wildlife and so that they can better be used for study.


    » Create new ponds for amphibians and so that young people can study pond ecosystems.

    What success will look like

    Success will be new ponds created with study facilities, such as pond dipping access and positive feedback from teachers and pupils.

  • Impact


    Schools having access to a local site to study the natural sciences and regularly taking pupils to learn in the outdoors. We will record the number of school visits and get feedback from schools and young people about their experiences and how it has helped their learning and appreciation of nature.


    That schools do not want to use the nature reserve. We will work with schools and young people from the start to ensure it meets their needs and is what they want. This will also give them "ownership" of the project and their continued long term involvement.


    Funders of this project will receive an email report on the project every 3 months detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities, and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Design costs To design facilities suitable for a nature reserve and which meet the needs of the end users.
      £115,000 Construction costs To build the new facilities and habitat creation.
      £15,000 Management Costs For project management.
  • Background


    Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is in the northern suburbs of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It is a last oasis of wetland, reedbed and native woodland that provides a home to Otters, Bittern, Kingfisher, Red Squirrel, Badger, etc. in an area that was once subject to coal mining and more recently has provided land for homes and business. It is a fantastic wildlife refuge close to where people live.


    The area of north Newcastle is very mixed with areas of working class and low income households in parts of Longbenton contrasting with the middle-class areas of Gosforth. This project will benefit children from both backgrounds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We manage Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and one of our main aims is to encourage the study of natural history - something we have been doing for nearly 200 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Littlewood