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.



March 2019

16 Sat. Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens for wildfowl, gulls, perhaps Nuthatch, Treecreeper and possibly Little Owl. Pete Lambert. Meet 09:30 at Queensway Stn (Cent). AM only. (Toilets.)

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

April 2019

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

27 Sat. Cheshunt Gravel Pits for bird song (warblers and, hopefully, Nightingale), plus raptors, including perhaps Hobby, Buzzard and Red Kite. Pete Lambert. Meet 09:30 Cheshunt Stn (NR Liverpool St). Bring lunch, as walk will go into the afternoon. (Toilets.)

May 2019

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

5 Sun. CANCELLED. Access arrangements are changing at Beddington.  Entrance limited to the opposite side of the site; hard hats and protective eyewear are required. Regrettably,  the walk advertised for this date has to be cancelled.

(Beddington Farmlands for Green Sandpiper, perhaps Tree Sparrow, Water Pipit and Jack Snipe.  Derek Coleman.  Meet 09.30 Hackbridge Stn (NR Vic).  Stout footwear recommended.  AM only.  (No toilets.)  )

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

June 2019

15 Sat. London Wetland Centre (LWC). 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. Click here for directions. (Toilets.)

16 Sun. 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.)

29 Sat. London Wetland Centre (LWC). A Saturday of Wildlife. A day of natural history talks & walks. 10.00am-1.30pm comprises of 7 talks, 2.30pm-4.30pm walks. Joint events by LNHS & LWC. See details on LNHS website. Usual admission charges to LWC apply.

August 2019

10 Sat. 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.)

17 Sat. Rainham Marshes RSPB for waders, other passage birds and raptors, including Marsh Harrier, and perhaps Barn Owl and Bearded Tit. Pete Lambert. Meet 09:30 Reserve Entrance (TQ547787). Nearest stn Purfleet (NR Fenchurch St). Bring lunch. (Toilets.)

18 Sun. Staines Reservoir and Staines Moor for wildfowl, grebes, terns, Skylark, Hobby and migrants. Andrew Peel.  Meet 10.00 Hatton Cross Stn (Picc) then 203 bus to the reservoir.  All day for both sites, finishing at Staines Stn. Bring lunch. (No toilets.)

24 Sat. Ruislip Woods NNR for woodland birds and general natural history. Neil Anderson. Meet 10:00 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!)


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.