London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

The London Bird Club organises around 25 guided bird watching walks a year, averaging almost one per fortnight. These are not limited to LNHS member and all are welcome. They are a brilliant way to get outdoors in the company of like-minded wildlife enthusiasts and to discover some of London’s great locations for wildlife. The walks are led by leaders who are often interested in not just the birds but the other popular groups such as butterflies, dragonflies and plants as well. The walks are also a good way for upskilling and developing naturalist skills for people who want to develop careers in research and conservation.

For ease reference, the LBC walks in the current LNHS programme (spanning 6 months) are listed below.



September 2019

Sat 7. Tottenham Marshes for Whinchat and other autumn migrants; perhaps Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. Pete Lambert

Meet 9.30am at Ferry Lane entrance (TQ347895). Nearest station is Tottenham Hale (Victoria/NR Liverpool St). AM only. (Toilets.)

Sun 22. Alexandra Park for woodland birds, woodpeckers, waterbirds (maybe Kingfisher), possible migrants. Andrew Peel

Meet 10.00am in entrance to Wood Green Underground Station (Picc). AM only. (Toilets). 

October 2019

Sat 12 10.00am – 2.00pm Crossness for migrants. George Kalli

Meet 10.00am Belvedere Stn (NR Charing Cross). Long half day. Bring snacks. (No toilets).

November 2019

Sat 2.  10.00am – 3.00pm Ruislip Woods NNR for woodland birds and wildfowl. Neil Anderson

Meet 10.00am at bus stop in Reservoir Road (TQ087892). Nearest station is Ruislip (U/g Met/Picc), then H13 to Lido or 331 bus to Ducks Hill Road. Long half day. (Toilets, cafe & pub!) If the weather forecast is for very wet weather, this walk will be cancelled. Please contact Neil on 020 8578 2464 or 0792 223 2801 for confirmation.

Sat 16. 10.00am – 5.00pm Two Tree Island for Brent Geese, Avocet and high tide wader roost. Robin Blades

Meet 10.00am Leigh-on-Sea Station (NR Fenchurch Street). All day. Bring lunch. (Toilets).

Sat 23. 10.30am – 2.00pm London Bird Club Walk: London Wetland Centre for winter birds and other wildlife in autumn. Richard Bullock & Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

At one of Europe’s premier urban wetland reserves, we will look for Bittern, wintering wildfowl and more. Meet 10.30am outside visitor centre by Sir Peter Scott statue. Non WWT members, please do not get your tickets until the group has assembled. Directions & Facilities: See London Wetland Centre website. (Café & Toilets.)

January 2020

Sat 11. 9.30am Walthamstow Wetlands for winter wildfowl, including Goldeneye and perhaps Scaup and Goosander, and gulls. Pete Lambert

Meet 9.30am entrance, opposite Ferry Boat Inn pub (TQ350893). Nearest stations: Tottenham Hale (U/g Vic, NR London Liverpool St) or Blackhorse Rd (U/g Vic, Overground). Café. AM only. (Toilets.)

Sun 19. 10.00am Bedfont Lakes for woodpeckers, redwing, wildfowl; smew and bittern possible. Andrew Peel

Meet 10.00am Hatton Cross Station (Picc), then H26bus, or at Bedfont Road entrance car park (next to cemetery). AM only (Toilets).


February 2020

Sun 9. 9.30am Greenwich Peninsula & Ecology Park for winter ducks, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper and possibly Water Rail. George Kalli

Meet 9.30am North Greenwich Station (U/g Jubilee). AM only. (Toilets at station and Ecology Park).


It is free to join the walks. However, note that a small number of the walks take place in sites which have an admission charge for non-members. For example, sites managed by the RSPB and WWT. At these sites, participants should expect to pay the usual admission fees (unless they are members of the organisation managing the site). Where a site charges an entry fee, this is clearly indicated in the programme.


Beginners are very welcome. The leaders and other experienced people who join the walks are happy to point things out for beginners.


Binoculars are recommended. Remember to bring appropriate clothing for weather which can suddenly take an adverse turn.


If you would like to bring you own checklist of birds to tick off, click here to download a pdf.