London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

Covid-19

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.

The Library will also remain closed until further notice. 

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Virtual Talks

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The LNHS Virtual Natural History Talk series brings together naturalists with experts and specialists using the Zoom videoconferencing tool.

Our talks are hosted fortnightly and are free to attend (though booking is required).

The talks cover a wide range of subjects, from birds to bats, worms to weeds, fungi to foxes and everything inbetween.

Talks are around 30-40 minutes in length and are followed by a live Q&A between the guest speaker and audience.

Find out more about the Virtual Talks

 

News

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The LNHS News section is the place to keep up-to-date with society announcements and project updates.

It also houses any section or recorder reports that we publish on our website, as well as any book reviews.

In addition, we accept blogs from naturalists and biodiversity-sector organisations that want to share their experiences and opportunities with our members.

Check out LNHS News articles

 

 

Membership

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London's biodiversity faces new challenges from climate change and development pressure.

You can contribute to the conservation of wildlife in the London area by helping to record the changing fortunes of the many species that live here.

Together with our historic records, this information will help us to tackle the conservation issues of the future.

Join us, learn new skills, and help us to make a difference.

Sign up to the LNHS now

This large London green space lies on a ridge made up of sands and gravels deposited by rivers and shallow seas, above a bed of older London Clay that had been laid down when the area was a deep sea, and provides one of the highest points in London. People have been using the heath for centuries and this has, inevitably, shaped the it into the area it is today. Managed by the City of London, the site is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation and contains a Site of Special Scientific Interest and contains a wealth of historical features (including the Kenwood House estate managed by English Heritage).
Hampstead Heath PanoramaHampstead Heath Panorama © Keiron Derek Brown

Today the heath is not only a key site for naturalists, but is host to cultural events, home to a wide range of sports facilities and a popular place for Londoners to socialise. Most of the heath falls within the London Borough of Camden, with the Hampstead Heath Extension within the London Borough of Barnet.

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Hampstead Heath c Keiron Derek Brown 5© Keiron Derek BrownThe heath is a mosaic of habitats, including woodland, scrub, grassland (including small areas of acid grassland), hedgerows, ponds and wetlands, as well as small areas of heathland which gives this green space its name. 

These habitats provide a home for a wide range of animals, plants and fungi. Several organisations (including LNHS) have played a part in recording the wildlife of the heath.  

There have been many studies of the flora and fauna of the heath by LNHS members since the Society was formed over 150 years ago; many of them published in the Society's journal The London Naturalist.

A regular series of meetings and investigations was started over 20 years ago with the Hampstead Heath Survey; a long-term project with the objective to record the status and changes to all forms of wildlife on the heath (covering over 300ha), and to allow members to share and coordinate their recording efforts. 

Reptile Survey of Hampstead Heath (2008-2009): A survey was carried out by the London, Essex and Hertfordshire Amphibian and Reptile Trust (LEHART) for the City of London for reptile species (excluding terrapins) on Hampstead Heath. The survey found that grass snakes remain the only native reptile on the heath and made recommendations for their conservation.

Millennial Flora of Hampstead Heath (1997-2003): This LNHS initiative consisted of extensive and structured recording of the vascular plants (flowering plants and ferns) growing on Hampstead Heath, and the places where they were found.

Ancient Tree Survey (2002): Heath Hands undertook a detailed survey to record various aspects of the ancient trees on the Heath. 790 trees were surveyed in total, with many oaks over 200 years old. The survey helped improve the future management of the veteran trees and plan for succeeding generations of woodland.

Hampstead Heath Infographic

Additional Information


Hamsptead Heath StepsWebsite: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hampsteadheathofficial
Twitter: @CityCorpHeath
Directions: The size of this green space means different parts are accessible via a range of London Underground/Overground stations (including ​Golders Green, Hampstead​, Kentish Town​, Hampstead and Gospel Oak). See official website for details.
Facilities: A host of facilities exist, including an athletics track, an education centre, extensive children's facilities, three swimming ponds and a lido. See official website for details.