London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

LNHS Events

The LNHS has suspended its indoor events until at least the end of 2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A reduced programme of field meetings will recommence from September 2021. Please note that these events may be cancelled at short notice. For more details regarding the LNHS field meetings please see the Field Meetings page.

In the meantime, please check out our 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.

Field Meetings

LNHS Field Meetings are field recorder days or guided walks. 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.

Virtual Events

The LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks series began in 2020 and cover topics including (but not limited to) ecology, identification, recording and conservation, and in a variety of groups including birds, mammals, flowering plants, fungi, bryophytes, reptiles and amphibians, and a range of invertebrate groups.

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.

Full programme


Volunteer Training Workshop - Plants of London's Past - led by Mark Spencer Download as iCal file

When Wednesday, 17 February 2021,  7:00pm -  8:00pm
A training session for volunteers which will introduce the project and explain how the extracted records should be submitted.

Today, biological records are usually stored in digital form in databases. These databases can be accessed and shared for use in conservation, research and planning. One such use is the compilation of distribution atlases, and in the case of botanical records producing a flora. Work is currently underway to generate new records and gather existing ones to create a new London Flora - and the London Natural History Society (LNHS) are now looking at how we can unlock past plant records from publications and convert them into digital records.

The London Naturalist is the journal of the LNHS and contains articles covering a wide range of natural history subjects. This publication has been produced annually since 1921 and its predecessors date back all the way to 1898! Within them is a treasure trove of information, including many botanical biological records that would be of great value to the London Flora Project.

These records are important as they provide snapshots from days gone by and allow us to compare the current distribution of a plant species with past occurrences - allowing us to see if plant distributions have contracted, stayed the same or expanded.

The LNHS is now looking for volunteers to help us search through our archives and mine these invaluable records, opening them up for the London Flora Project and other uses. All records will also be shared with both Greenspace Information for Greater London (GIGL) and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI).

This project will be managed by LNHS Vascular Plant Recorder and BSBI Middlesex Recorder, Mark Spencer and each volunteer will be assigned specific issues of the London Naturalist (which will be accessed online via the Biodiversity Heritage Library).

This virtual workshop will provide an introduction to the project and cover how the mined records should be submitted to the LNHS Vascular Plant Recorder.

Spaces are limited, so we ask that only those that do intend to take part in the project sign up to the workshop.

This online event is free but booking is essential: