London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

Sections

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

Through our many field meetings and indoor meetings we provide opportunities for our members to develop and extend their their knowledge of London's diverse bird life. These include plenty of events that are suitable for beginners.

For many years we have been collecting and publishing a significant body of information, records and scientific papers about London's birds in our annual London Bird Report.

Bird recorders

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London Bird Club Contacts

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The London Bird Report

This is an annual publication that the Society has produced since 1936, containing all the significant records during the year and various other papers. These papers can be site guides, reports about weather events affecting birds, or more specialist papers. The report is issued free to members of the Society, and can be purchased by non-members. Back copies are available - see our Publications page.

Records of rare and unusual species in the London Area are considered by our Rarities Committee before being included in the London Bird Report. Details of species for which notes or a description are needed are given in our Checklist and Guide (see Bird Recording, below). We now have a list of records for these species (Rarities). This has been drawn up from printed records in past copies of the London Bird Report up to LBR 2014. Please let us know if you spot any errors in this list, or if you have any suggestions for improving the list.

AGM 2016

The 2016 AGM agenda is here, and the minutes of the 2015 AGM is here.

London Bird Club Talks

The London Bird Club organises a range of indoor meetings. Our indoor meetings cover a wide variety of topics, including bird identification, historical reviews of sites, and reports of foreign trips. Further details are given here.

Outdoor Meetings

The Section's field trips range from mornings out in London at sites such as Regent’s Park, to day trips by coach to locations further afield. Most of these are to well-known reserves or other areas of importance for birds. Such areas generally have much of general natural history interest in addition to their birdlife. Write-ups of these trips are regularly published in the Newsletter. We offer plenty of events for beginners, as well and for more experienced birders - these are listed our Programme.

Reading Circle

We also organise an ornithological Reading circle that circulates a series of magazines to members at reduced subscriptions.

Bird Recording

All records of ornithological interest, from LNHS members and non-members alike, are welcomed by the Society's Ornithological Records Committee. However, with an ever-growing number of active birdwatchers in the London Area, it seems sensible to issue a guide to our requirements: the Checklist Guide Breeding Criteria (PDF), and Checklist Guide (spreadsheet) is the checklist of birds of the London Area in 2014 and a guide for contributors of ornithological records. Breeding criteria are included on page 10 of the PDF file. This guide is not intended to be comprehensive, and contributors are asked to use their own guidance and common sense, but it does serve as a reference point for the type of records required.

The geographical area that we cover is divided into seven bird recording areas, or 'sectors'. (The boundaries of the sectors are more or less based on the original county boundaries). 'Inner London' consists of a rectangle based on Charing Cross. See Why collect records? for more information.

Site names are listed in our Gazetteer; please use these, if you can, when sending in records. If you send in details from sites not listed in the Gazetteer, please give an OS Grid Reference for the site. The Mini-Gazetteer (previously Short Gazetteer) of Sites (spreadsheet) lists open spaces mentioned in the 2014 London Bird Report (additions this year are in italics); it does not list the names of towns, villages, etc mentioned. The Full Gazetteer lists all these (spreadsheet).

Please download and save the LNHS Bird Recording Form and use it to email records to LNHS bird recorders (see below). The first line of the spreadsheet has been completed as an example.

Surveys

Volunteers are always wanted for the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey (BBS). Find out more here.

LNHS members were involved with the national Bird Atlas 2007-11 project. For the latest (Feb. 2014) project update, go to our Bird Atlas Project page.

Special Access to Thames Water Sites

We have an arrangement with Thames Water to license our members to use some of their sites. Approval is in place for the Queen Mary Reservoir at Ashford, with access to other sites in the pipeline. Full details on how to obtain an access permit are provided in this FAQ.

Wildlife portraits

Buzzards (Buteo buteo) can be seen around the periphery of our area. In the London conurbation itself, Kestrels and Sparrowhawks are more familar raptors.

Photo © Peter Gasson

The Jay (Garrulus glandarius), a member of the crow family, is often seen in London gardens where there is enough cover. It eats acorns, and by spreading them around is an agent in the regeneration of secondary oak woodland.

Photo © Peter Gasson

The Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is a summer visitor found typically in open woods and scrubland. It is named after its distinctive song.

Photo © Peter Gasson

The Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) is a common bird of freshwater margins, easily identified by the red base to its bill.

Photo © Peter Gasson

The Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) is the only Owl that will commonly enter urban areas, and has been recorded throughout our area.

Photo © Peter Gasson

© David Darrell-Lambert

The Hobby (Falco subbuteo) is a summer visitor and passage migrant seen over residential areas, parkland, open countryside and wetland habitats. They catch and eat dragonflies on the wing.

Photo © David Darrell-Lambert