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London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

Hampstead Heath Survey

2017 sees the 20-year anniversary of the LNHS Hampstead Heath Survey. To celebrate we are relaunching the survey with a host of walks and study events, focused on various aspects of the ecology and wildlife of the heath are held throughout the year.  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.

Events

See the list of relaunch events at the bottom of the page.

Banner Photo

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

Hampstead Heath Flora© Douglas NunesBetween 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. Over 650 species were found growing on the Heath and every species found during the survey is included. Thus, besides native plants typical of the various habitats, there are records of garden escapes, of accidental introductions and of alien plants that have colonised the Heath, of amenity planting and other deliberate introductions, and of native plants which formerly grew on the Heath but, having become extinct at some time, have been re-introduced.

 

 

The London Natural History Society produced a Millennial Checklist of the flowering plants and ferns of the Heath and made this data is available through an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet file listing these records is available from the LNHS website (download link below). Using a simple set of keystrokes the user can generate maps showing where a particular plant grows, and can produce lists of the plants growing in any locality on the Heath.

Hampstead Heath panoramic© Keiron Derek Brown

Download the checklist

millenial flora mapHampstead Heath Millennial Flora Project – A PDF explaining the background to the survey and checklist, with instructions for using the checklist to generate lists and maps.

 

Hampstead Heath Millennial Flora Checklist – An Excel file containing the survey records, mapping/list functions and a species checklist (partially annotated).

 

For information regarding current LNHS events and initiatives taking place on Hampstead Heath, see the Hampstead Heath Survey webpage.