London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

Banner Photo

The banner photograph of a Hampstead Heath pond is copyright Ian Humes. It was taken with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III.

Other Photos

Other photos on this page are (c) Keiron Derek Brown unless otherwise stated.

About LNHS

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.

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 The London Natural History Society comprises of a number active sections focussing on specific taxonomic groups or wildlife sites.

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The story of biological recording in our area goes back several centuries. As early as 1629 Thomas Johnston compiled a detailed species list for Hampstead Heath following a botanical ramble he had undertaken with a group of nine companions. This is an early example of a long and thriving tradition of naturalists, many of them amateurs (in the best sense of the word - people with a passion for, and deep knowledge of, their subject) who over the years have made an enormous contribution to scientific knowledge of the natural world.

LNHS members continue this tradition through the Hampstead Heath Survey - a host of walks and study events, focused on various aspects of the ecology and wildlife of the heath. All of these events are FREE and all are welcome, experts and beginners alike, so come along and bring your friends if you want to discover more about Hampstead Heath's diversity of wildlife. 


 Studying the Heath for 20 years

Fungus on Hampstead Heath c Douglas NunesFungus on the Heath (c) Douglas NunesThe Hampstead Heath Survey is a long-term project to record the flora and fauna in this large area (more than 300 ha – see map below) of semi-natural habitat entirely surrounded by the urban environment of North London.  

Between 1997 and 2003 members of the London Natural History Society recorded the vascular plants (flowering plants and ferns) growing on Hampstead Heath, and the places where they were found. The flora checklist, including a mapping function, can be downloaded for free from the Millennial Flora of Hampstead Heath Project webpage.

Hampstead Heath's mosaic of habitats provides a resource for wildlife just six kilometres from the centre of London. It is of national as well as regional importance. Hampstead Heath features a number of priority species identified in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.”

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  Hampstead Heath Species

Number of species recorded on Hampstead Heath. Image generated by GiGL using data held within their database. © GiGL


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Upcoming Hampstead Heath Survey Events

See the LNHS event calendar for more details