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.

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.


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

pdf button Download the LBC Checklist for the commoner birds, butterflies and dragonflies seen on LBC Walks.

Programme

March 2020

Saturday 21 March 2020

10:30 am. London Wetland Centre. One of Europe’s premier urban wetland reserves. Summer birds and other wildlife. Meet outside visitor centre at 10.30am by Sir Peter Scott statue. Non-WWT members, do not get your tickets until the group has assembled. Michael Howard & Shailesh Patel. For directions see https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london/plan-your-visit/directions/ (Toilets.)

Sunday 22 March 2020

10.00am. Brent Reservoir for wildfowl, late winter visitors (Bullfinch possible) and early summer migrants. Andrew Peel. Meet 10.00 am Cool Oak Lane Bridge (TQ219 877). Nearest station, Hendon (NR St. Pancras.). AM only. (No toilets.)

 

April 2020

Sunday 05 April 2020

10.00am. Crossness for early migrants and waders. George Kalli. 10:00 am Belvedere Stn. (NR Charing Cross). Bring lunch. (No toilets.)

 

May 2020

Saturday 09 May 2020

10.00am. Totteridge/Darland’s Lake for woodland birds & spring flowers. Robin Blades. Meet 10:00 am Totteridge & Whetstone Stn (Northern). Bring lunch. (No toilets.)

Saturday 16 May 2020

9.00am. Greenwich Park for Nuthatch, Woodpeckers, Blackcap and fledglings. Joe Beale. Meet 09:00 am at Blackheath Gate entrance (TQ392768). Nearest stn Blackheath (NR Charing X) and buses 53, 54,202, 380. AM only.

 

June 2020

Saturday 13 June 2020 London Wetland Centre

10.30am-2.00pm. London Wetland Centre. One of Europe’s premier urban wetland reserves. Summer birds and other wildlife. Richard Bullock (Biodiversity Officer, WWT) and Gehan de Silva.  Meet outside visitor centre at 10.30am by Sir Peter Scott statue. Non-WWT members, do not get your tickets until the group has assembled. Directions & Facilities: See London Wetland Centre website. (Café & Toilets.)

Saturday 20 June 2020 Amwell Nature Reserve

10.00am. Amwell Nature Reserve, Herts & Middlesex WT for waterfowl, warblers and raptors possible Marsh Tit, Little Ringed Plover, Hobby plus odonata and orchids. Francis O Sullivan. Meet St Margarets (Herts) Station 10.00am (NR Liv. St or Tottenham Hale). Bring Lunch. (No toilets.) 

 

August 2020

Saturday 08 August 2020 Foots Cray Meadows

9.30am. Foots Cray Meadows for Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret and woodland birds. George Kalli. Meet 09:30 at Albany Park Stn (NR Victoria or Charing Cross). Long half day. (No toilets.)

Sunday 16 August 2020 Staines Reservoir

10.00am. Staines Reservoir for wildfowl, grebes (black necked possible), terns, migrants. Andrew Peel. Meet 09:45 am at Hatton Cross for 10:00 am 203 bus. Half day, toilets at station (and nearby garage). 

Saturday 22 August 2020 Ruislip Woods NNR

10.00am. Ruislip Woods NNR for woodland birds and general natural history. Neil Anderson. Meet 10:00 am at bus stop in Reservoir Road (TQ087892). Nearest station Ruislip (Met/Picc), then H13 to Lido or 331bus to Ducks Hill Road. Long half day. (Toilets, cafe & pub!)

 

September 2020

Saturday 12 September 2020 London Wetland Centre

10:30 am. London Wetland Centre. One of Europe’s premier urban wetland reserves. Summer birds and other wildlife. Meet outside visitor centre at 10.30am by Sir Peter Scott statue. Non-WWT members, do not get your tickets until the group has assembled. Michael Howard & Shailesh Patel. For directions see https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london/plan-your-visit/directions/ (Toilets.)

 

October 2020

Saturday 10 October 2020 Crossness

10.00am-2.00pm. Crossness for migrants. George Kalli. Meet 10:00 am Belvedere Stn (NR Charing Cross). Long half day. Bring snacks. (No toilets).

 

November 2020

Saturday 21 November 2020 London Wetland Centre

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.)

 

Cost

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

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

Equipment

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