London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

About LNHS

London's biodiversity faces new challenges from climate change and development pressure. You can contribute to the conservation of wildlife in the London area by helping to record the changing fortunes of the many species that live here. Together with our historic records, this information will help us to tackle the conservation issues of the future.

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 The London Natural History Society comprises of a number active sections focussing on specific taxonomic groups or wildlife sites.

Please note the Library will remain closed until the Natural History Museum re-opens.

LNHS Library 1The LNHS Library is installed in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity located in the Natural History Museum. 

Our library is available for reference by both members of the LNHS and the general public; books can be borrowed by LNHS members.

There is shelving space for about half of the collection, and so we have put all the books on the open shelves, together with a selection of periodicals.

Complete runs of the Society's own periodicals (The London Naturalist and London Bird Report) are available for reference.

How can I use the LNHS library?

  • Consult the LibraryThing catalogue of our book holdings: LNHS Library Books
  • Consult the catalogue of our periodicals holdings: LNHS Library Journals
  • See the Contact Us page for details on how to contact the Librarian.
  • Basic arrangements exist for lending books to members, and any member who needs to borrow a specific work should contact the Librarian who will be able to check whether it is available.

The Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity (AMC)

LNHS Library 2The AMC promotes the study of natural history in the UK, and is a resource for all amateur and professional naturalists and UK natural history societies. Easy-to-access reference collections of objects are housed in the Centre. They cover a wide range of UK plants, animals, rocks and fossils and are designed to help naturalists learn more about their chosen groups and identify their own specimens.

Microscopes and photo-stacking equipment are also available for recorders to use (10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00) during weekdays and on the first Saturday of each month (or the second Saturday where the first Saturday is during a Bank Holiday weekend). To use the AMC facilities, simply book through the online form:


Biodiversity Heritage Library

Biodiversity Heritage Library holdings
The full searchable text of the London Naturalist (up to No. 88 from 2008), together with its predecessors from 1896 onwards, is now online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). Click on the links below to access the BHL summary page for the respective publication.

BHL CombinedTips for searching the BHL

  • To search text in the LN pages click on ADVANCED LINK  (top left of page).
  • Then enter London Naturalist in the title and click on the Exact Phrase option.
  • Skip the rest of the fields until the text field. e.g. enter "rare sawfly" and again click on Exact Phrase option.
  • Click on search gives two hits.
  • Searching for scientific names is more straightforward.
  • Click on the rightmost tab for Scientific Names and enter e.g. Pteronidea spiraeae. Hits include the LN 1926 article.
  • There is no way to restrict the search by publication other than using a spreadsheet program to refine the search.

Reading circles

We run a Birds Reading Circle that will circulate the following magazines to members of the Society at a much reduced subscription:

  • Ardea
  • British Birds
  • Dutch Birding
  • Ibis
  • Irish Birds
  • Scottish Birds

Details of how to subscribe are provided in the printed version of the Society's programme that is sent to current members, and subscription forms are sent out with December's Newsletter.