Dave Barlow © Cleveland Naturalists’ Field Club. 28th September 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 2017-2018 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 25th Eric Gendle Natural History of the Rockies

Oct 16th Malcolm Birtle North Pennine Solitary Bees

Oct 30th Ian Peacock Bees at the Barrage

Nov 20th Charlie Heap Birds of Prey

Dec 18th  Christmas Social Evening  


Jan 22nd Brian Lake Wildlife of the Esk Valley

Feb 19th Andrew Grayson Monitoring Key Insect Species on Tees Valley Brownfield Sites

Feb 26th  Members' Night  a few short talks from our own club members

Mar 19th  Annual General Meeting to be followed by

Vic Fairbrother There is Something About an Island

Mar 26th Sarah Barry East Cleveland Batscape Project