London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

Online Only Events

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. A full statement can be found in the News section.

The Library will also remain closed until the Natural History Museum re-opens.

In the meantime, please check out our new Virtual Natural History Talk series.

 

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Wildlife

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There are some fantastic places for wildlife in the London area. More than 40% of London is green space or open water. As many as 2000 species of flowering plant have been found growing in the LNHS area. The tidal Thames supports 120 species of fish. Over 60 species of bird nest in central London. LNHS members have recorded 47 species of butterfly, 1173 moths and more than 270 kinds of spider around London. London's wetland areas support nationally important populations of many water birds. London has 38 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), two National Nature Reserves and 76 Local Nature Reserves.

 

Learning

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The LNHS offers a superb learning experience, through our expert led walks, our evening talks, publications and well stocked library. We share a common love of London's natural world, a desire to learn more about it, and share our expertise. To this end we also offer online resources, like school packs for the classroom, articles of general and particular interest, and online media.

 

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.

Beddington Farmlands is one of the best known birdwatching sites in Greater London. With an ornithological history stretching back over a century, the mosaic of habitats, together with various forms of sewage treatment that have taken place on the site, have acted as a magnet for birds and birdwatchers alike.

Large-scale changes in land use over the last hundred years or so have seen bird populations swell and contract, and transformed the site beyond all recognition. Advancing urbanisation and rapid industrialisation of the surrounding area continue to place enourmous pressures on the Farm, but at the same time have increased the site’s importance as a place where, with careful management, biodiversity can continue to thrive and people can visit to connect with nature.

The wildlife communities present at Beddington Farmlands are some of the most important in the London area and naturalists and birders have been visiting Beddington Farmlands for around 80 years.

258 species of bird have been being recorded, 476 species of moth, 9 species of bat, over 300 species of plants and hundreds of invertebrates – with over 350 species of fly recorded, including the discovery of a species that was considered extinct.

Directions

Directions page on the reserve website is here.

 

Website

The reserve website is here.