Dave Barlow © Cleveland Naturalists’ Field Club. 4th  October 2018

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The Cleveland Naturalists' Field Club is probably one of the oldest clubs in the Teesside area. It was founded in April 1881, the name of Cleveland Naturalists' Field Club has been used since 1886. The United Kingdom has a long history of these local natural history groups and they provide the backbone of knowledge for local and national surveys of the flora and fauna of Britain.

The web site expands the information given on the Club membership card. Prospective members who read these pages are invited to join us on a few walks and find out something about the Club.

The Club seeks to promote an interest in all branches of Natural History and to assist members in finding out about the living things that they see in the countryside around them. The present membership includes those who have particular interests in birds, insects, slugs and snails, lichens, fungi, flowering plants and mosses and liverworts. Members with interests in other fields would be very welcome.

Fox portrait taken at RSPB Saltholme

Capillary Thread-moss  (Bryum capillare)

Garden Spider (Areneus diadematus)

Pyramidal Orchid Kestrel Hoverfly

In spring and summer there are evening, half-day and whole-day visits to investigate the natural history of a particular area. During the winter months there is a series of monthly meetings that are held at present at the Nunthorpe Institute in Middlesbrough. A meeting usually takes the form of a lecture given by a club member or visiting speaker.

Full details of the walks and their starting points can be found from the links at the top of the page. If you require further details about a walk, or in the event of inclement weather and possible cancellation, please contact the leader of the walk. Please carry suitable refreshment with you! This will be necessary for the walks that start on a morning and it may well be appropriate to take tea on an afternoon walk.

We hope that you will find some of the outings to your taste from the programme (see link). Any suggestions for future field trips are always welcomed by the committee. It is hoped that members will share transport, where possible, to ease any parking problems and be prepared to offer lifts to members without cars.

The club welcomes any prospective members to join our outings. The members are friendly and helpful if you have problems identifying plants, insects, birds etc.

The annual subscription for membership of the club is only £8.

New The 2018-2019 winter programme is below and further details available from here



Winter meetings are held at the Nunthorpe Institute,

The Avenue, Nunthorpe, TS7 0AG on Monday evenings starting at 7:30pm, unless shown otherwise.


Sep 24th Eric Gendle Orchids of Northern England

Oct 15th Norma and Joan North East Greenland National Park

Oct 29th Tony Daniels Butterflies and Wild Flowers of Croatia

Nov 19th Jo Scott  A Nature Miscellany 2017

Dec 17th  Christmas Social Evening


Jan 21st Paul Forster Natural History Highlights 2018

Feb 18th Bill Hall Wildflowers (and Polar Bears) of Svalbard

Feb 25th Kate Bartram The East Cleveland Barn Owl Nest Box Network

Mar 18th  Annual General Meeting to be followed by

 Mark Stokeld Coastal Britain – A Bird’s Eye View

Mar 25th Rob Louw South Africa and its Wildlife

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