The London region is a suprisingly good one for the study of ecology and entomology. Mammals, from rats to bats, are well represented in our region and the variety of habitat types means that there is a wide range of invertebrate life - bees, beetles, moths, butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, spiders, millipedes and much more.
London’s rivers and canals have fishes, plant life, crabs and aquatic invertebrates. The Thames estuary area, in addition to its importance for bird life, is a 'biodiversity hotspot' for invertebrates. Our interests are wide, covering all aspects of ecology and natural history. Although birds and plants have their own LNHS sections these are also integral to what is studied by our section. Woodland, for example, is home to plants, birds and insects and all are inter-connected in the ecology of the site, along with its geology.
A large selection of photographs can be viewed on the section's FlickR site.
Indoor MeetingsThe section organises indoor meetings with diverse themes covering the monitoring of species, nature conservation and other subjects of interest in the natural world. These meetings are also an opportunity to meet others interested in the subject under discussion. They are usually held in central London on a weekday evening. Full details are in the Programme.
Field meetings usually take place on a Saturday or Sunday. They can be full or half day events. Full joining instructions are in the Programme.
Our field meetings offer an excellent opportunity to learn about groups such as Butterflies, Beetles, and Spiders; to learn and develop ID skillls; and to get a feel for the range of species you might expect to find in each type of habitat. Meetings are generally led by local experts and are suitable for members with all levels of knowledge including complete beginners.
Links With Other OrganisationsThe section has links with other organisations including the Amateur Entomologists Society (AES) and the British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS). We work with BENHS to organise the annual Brad Ashby Memorial lecture in September that is attended by members of both societies.
A Welcome to All
Most of the section’s activities are open to visitors from within and outside the LNHS. If you come to a meeting and are not a member of the Society please make yourself known to the leader or organiser. You do not have to be an expert to join in, and will soon learn as you take part in our Society’s activities.
We all enjoy the experience of meeting friendly people with a wide interest in the natural world.
The section’s recorders collect, validate and input data to their records sent to them by members of the Society and others. Some of these data may be collected on field meetings, or by individuals who survey on their own.
The E&E section sponsors special project from time to time. Currently we are running a special project to re-record London's Butterflies. More details of this exciting and worthwhile project are on this page.