Dave Barlow © Cleveland Naturalists’ Field Club. 30th March 2017

Welcome to the Cleveland Naturalists' Field Club

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 2017 summer  programme is below and further details available from here



Apr Sat 22nd       10:30 am             Leyburn Shawl

Sun 23rd           12:00 pm             Barnard Castle to Egglestone Abbey

May Wed 3rd     1:30 pm               Redcar Stray

Wed 10th          10:30 am             Bempton Cliffs

 Sat 20th            10:30 am              Stonegrave and Caulkleys Bank

Wed 24th          6:30 pm               Summerhill Country Park

Sun 28th           10:30 am             Ilkley

Wed 31st           6:30 pm               Tees Barrage to Newport Bridge

Jun Wed 7th      6:30 pm               Birch Wood, Bilsdale

Sat 10th            10:30 am              Billingham Beck Valley

Wed 14th          10:30 am              Ellerbeck area

Wed 21st           6:30 pm                Coatham Dunes

Wed 28th          1:30 pm                Gravel Hole Nature Reserve

Jul Sun 2nd       10:30 am              Ledston Luck

Wed 5th             6:30 pm               Cod Beck Reservoir

Sun 9th             11:00 am              Blackhall

Wed 12th          10:30 am              Coatham Marsh

Wed 19th          10:30 am              Lingdale Meadows

Sat 22nd            10:30 am              Saltburn‑by‑the‑Sea

Wed 26th          10:30 am              Mickleton to Middleton circular

Sat 29th             8:00 pm                Beadale Wood (moth trapping)

Aug Wed 2nd     10:30 am              Killhope lead mining area

Sat 5th               11:30 am              Eggleston Burn

Wed 9th             10:30 am              Saltburn Rockpools

Sun 13th            10:30 am              Jugger Howe, Fylingdales Moor

Wed 16th           1:30 pm                Errington Woods

Sun 27th            10:30 am              Kepwick and Cowesby

Sep Wed 6th       10:30 am              Bowlees Woods and Riverside

Wed 20th           10:30 am              Whitby to Saltwick Bay

Wed 27th           10:30 am              Deepdale Woods, Barnard Castle

Oct Sun 22nd     11:00 am              High Coniscliffe