Gibside wildlife group

An Elephant Hawk moth

If you have a passion for wildlife and are an all-round information seeker, join Gibside wildlife group.

Join Gibside wildlife group and take part in a monthly programme that includes specialist talks that cover a wide range of natural history topics.

You will also be able to get involved with outdoor events, such as plant and tree ID sessions, moth trapping and more, as well as encourage a whole lot of knowledge sharing with like-minded people.

It’s free, open to all and offers an opportunity to gain more knowledge in a specific conservation field or share your learnings with others. The group meets in the main cafe at 7pm on selected dates.

Dates for your diary

A range of fossils

Animal tracks and signs: Wednesday 7 August, 7-9pm

Animals leave a host of evidence that they've been somewhere. However, it can take someone years to truly understand what it can all mean. This week, we'll look at how to identify the tracks and signs of many of the animals that you might see here while on a walk. There will be a variety of animal remains, bones, skulls and poo to take a closer look at.

A Soprano Pipistrelle being recorded

Bats for beginners: Wednesday 4 September, 7-9pm

You may have seen bats swooping past you in the early evening, but did you know that in just one night a single bat can eat up to 3000 midges? This is an interactive talk and walk to learn more about bats and how you can help monitor their abundance and distribution.

A Red Admiral butterfly perches on a flower at Gibside in Tyne and Wear

Carl Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy: Wednesday 2 October, 7-9pm

Carl Linnaeus, the Prince of Botany, the Pliny of the North, the Father of Taxonomy. Linnaeus was responsible for the system of naming organisms, a system that is still used today. Hear more about the genius that named thousands of species.