London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

LNHS Events - Online Only

The LNHS has suspended its indoor and outdoor events to follow the guidance of the UK Government which has introduced social distancing measures to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). We will continue to monitor the situation and LNHS events will resume when this is compatible with the advice issued by the UK Government. We will publicise resumption of events using the LNHS social media channels (including email groups). Your patience is appreciated and we hope everyone will stay safe.

In the meantime, please check out our new Virtual Natural History Talk series.

The LNHS events programme is one of the most varied and active of a natural history society. Its field and indoor meetings encourage the interaction of beginners and experienced naturalists.

The LNHS programme for Mar 2020 to Sep 2020 can be downloaded as a PDF format file.

Indoor events

These usually consist of talks, slide shows or discussions. Indoor meetings are held at several venues:

  • Burgh House, Hampstead, is a new venue which the Bird Club are using for indoor meetings. See the map here, and their website. Handy tip - If you want to visit the Burgh House museum and exhibitions first, and maybe the charming little garden and The Buttery Cafe, but realise that there is an hour and a half between the house and cafe closing and first arrivals for the talk at 6.30pm (for a 7pm start), there is a very civilised pub (The Wells) opposite the house, not to mention the delights of the rest of Hampstead (inc. the Heath if you fancy an evening walk), just minutes away.
  • Seminar and Learning Centre, Sherfield Building, Imperial College (South Kensington, SW7 2AZ) is labelled as building no.20 on this Map. Walking from South Kensington Underground station, take the pedestrian tunnel that leads towards the museums. Follow the tunnel to its furthest extent. On leaving the tunnel in Exhibition Road, turn left to reach the college campus.

Outdoor events

These are field meetings or guided tours. Lunch and Tea should be brought on all whole-day meetings. You do not need to have a car - where the programme says 'cars needed' this is to remind drivers they will need to pick up people at the station or meeting point. At meetings involving cars, those receiving lifts are expected to contribute to the cost of petrol used.

Coach trips

These go to well-known wildlife sites in the South and East of England. Bookings must be made in advance using the booking form that is mailed to members. It can also be downloaded here. Members can bring guests (at the same rate per person) so long as they are included on the booking form. The coach trip organiser is Neil Anderson Tel: (020) 8578 2464.

Members are asked not to travel to coach meetings independently, although in some cases the organiser may be prepared to allow this if application is made in advance.

Coaches normally leave from the road alongside the south entrance to Embankment Underground station. Occasionally they can pick up at a second point en route on the outskirts of London (check with organiser). Bear in in mind that engineering work and weekend line closures are taking place on the Underground - please check in advance whether your route to Embankment station will be affected.

We are delighted to announce that we are launching a new series of online talks and webinars aimed at London naturalists. The LNHS Virtual Natural History Talk series brings together naturalists with experts and specialists using the Zoom videoconferencing tool.

 

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What are LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks?


Adder SQUARE 1All LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks will:

  • Comprise of a 30-40 minute talk from the guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session.
  • Be free to attend by all, including both LNHS members and non-members.
  • Be hosted on Zoom and bookings will be managed through Eventbrite, with joining instructions sent to those that have booked prior to the event.
  • Be recorded and subsequently made available through YouTube.
Talks will cover a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) ecology, identification, recording and conservation, and in a variety of groups including birds, mammals, flowering plants, fungi, bryophytes, reptiles and amphibians, and a range of invertebrate groups.


Click here to book upcoming LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks

Click here to watch previous LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks

How do I book?

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All of the LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks are free to attend, but booking is essential as spaces are limited to 100 individuals (including hosts and speakers) per event. We manage the bookings through Eventbrite:

Click here to book upcoming LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here: https://zoom.us/
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: https://zoom.us/test

Call for speakers


LNHS Needs YouLNHS Virtual Natural History Talks are a great way to engage with the London natural history community, bringing together amateur naturalists with experts and sector professionals. We deal with all the admin, technology and hosting so that the speakers can focus on their presentations and answering any questions. The format of the webinars can be found above, your presentation can be 30-40mins long and the Q&A session can be anything from 15-30 minutes long.

Our audiences are interested in a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) ecology, identification, recording and conservation, and in a variety of groups including birds, mammals, flowering plants, fungi, bryophytes, reptiles and amphibians, and a range of invertebrate groups.

If you are interested in being one of our guest speakers, then we’d like to hear from you. Please fill out our Virtual Natural History Talk Speaker Application Form below and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get in touch to discuss the possibility of adding your talk to our programme.

Click here to download the speaker application form

 

2020 Virtual Natural History Talk Series


Click here to book upcoming LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks

Click here to watch previous LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks


23/07/20 The Lepidoptera of Perivale Wood David Howdon, Selborne Society/LNHS
04/08/20 Get inVOLEd Elliot Newton, Citizen Zoo
20/08/20 An Introduction to the Geranium Genus Maria Roberts, LNHS
03/09/20 Mapping London's Flora Mark Spencer, LNHS
17/09/20 iRecord LNHS Keiron Derek Brown, LNHS
01/10/20 Introduction to Reptile Identifcation & Surveying Ben Harris, Froglife
15/10/20 More Than Weeds: The flora of London's pavements Sophie Leguil, More Than Weeds
29/10/20 Avian Eavesdropping on Human Speech Sabrina Schalz, British Trust for Ornithology
04/11/20 The Changing Vegetation of Hampstead Heath Jeff Duckett, LNHS (please note this talk will be preceded by the Hampstead Heath Survey section AGM)
12/11/20 The Ancient Woods of North London, their natural history and management David Bevan, LNHS (please note this talk will be preceded by the Botany section AGM)
26/11/20 Pollinators & Pollination: An Introduction Jeff Ollerton, author of Pollinators & Pollination: Nature and Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro to Reptile ID Surveying AD

 

 More Than Weeds AD

 

Avian Eavesdropping on Human Speech

 

Changing Vegetation of Hampstead Heath AD

 

Ancient Woods of North London AD

 

Pollinators Pollination AD