London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

LNHS Recorders

Plants

Flowering plants and vascular cryptograms: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Animals

Mammals: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reptiles and Amphibians: Tom Langton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arachnida (spiders and related groups): Edward Milner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coleoptera (Carabidae and Coccinellidae) (ground beetles and ladybirds): Paul Mabbott: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coleoptera (all other beetles): Maxwell Barclay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Diptera (true flies): Duncan Sivell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hemiptera (true bugs): Tristan Bantock: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants): Vacant

Lepidoptera (butterflies): Leslie Williams: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lepidoptera (moths), Syrphidae (hoverflies) and other invertebrates: Colin Plant: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets): Sarah Barnes: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies): Neil Anderson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Plant Galls: Tommy Root: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Symphyla. Diplura, Isopoda, Myriapoda (soil-dwelling invertebrates): Andy Keay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bird recorders

Essex: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 62C High Street, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN8 0AH

Herts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 40 Lyndhurst Drive, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 5RJ

Middlesex: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 206 East Ferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3AY

Bucks: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Holmsgarth, Wenhaston, Blackheath, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 9ET

Surrey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Flat 12, California Court, 25 Downs Road,Sutton,Surrey SM2 5NR

Kent: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 8 Smead Way, London SE13 7GE

Inner London: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Flat 7, 96 Rope Street,Surrey Quays, London SE16 7TQ

Rarities: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 18 Nightingale Lane, London N8 7QU

The Story of the Cockney Sparrow

Once upon a time the House Sparrow was so common in London that it was chosen for the logo of our Society, as the most typical London bird that everyone would be familiar with. Then suddenly, a few year ago, it seemed to have gone from most of London's streets and gardens.

In fact recent House Sparrow surveys and research in London carried out by LNHS, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), and the RSPB have provided up-to-date distribution data and shown that there are patches where they still seem to be doing well, but distribution is fragmented, and in much of central London they have virtually gone. In 1925, 2,600 were counted in Kensington Gardens; in 2001 just 8*.

This story illustrates the importance of keeping species records - otherwise significant changes in abundance or distribution patterns would be missed - and it shows that common species need to be recorded as much as rare ones. Keeping species records is one of the fundamental principles of ecology and conservation. Without data on how a species is doing and where it is distributed, we cannot plan how to conserve it.

Constant Change

During its long history members of the Society have recorded the effect upon our region's wildlife of the the huge urban expansion of London, which initially led to habitat loss and severe air pollution. From the 1950s onwards clean air legislation brought respite from pollution, but London's wildlife faced new challenges, especially in the periphery of our area, from the intensification of agriculture, and the introduction of toxic pesticides.

We now see new changes in the diversity and distribution of wild species at the same time as a changing climate. But are all these changes in wild populations really caused by climate change? There can be many reasons why a species expands its range, or increases or declines in numbers. Answering questions like this is one reason why the on-going collection of species records is more important than ever.

Mapping distribution

In recent decades the Society published a number of distribution atlases, partly based on records compiled by members. These were major publications that give us important baseline data against which to monitor future changes in species distribution.

LNHS Recording Area Maps

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- A map of the LNHS recording area can be viewed or downloaded here.
- A map showing the Vice-counties covered by the LNHS area can be viewed or downloaded here.
- A map showing the main towns in the LNHS area can be viewed or downloaded here.