London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

No LNHS 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.

The LNHS events programme is one of the most varied and active of a natural history society. Its field and indoor meetings encourage the interaction of beginners and experienced naturalists.

The LNHS programme for Mar 2020 to Sep 2020 can be downloaded as a PDF format file.

Indoor events

These usually consist of talks, slide shows or discussions. Indoor meetings are held at several venues:

  • Burgh House, Hampstead, is a new venue which the Bird Club are using for indoor meetings. See the map here, and their website. Handy tip - If you want to visit the Burgh House museum and exhibitions first, and maybe the charming little garden and The Buttery Cafe, but realise that there is an hour and a half between the house and cafe closing and first arrivals for the talk at 6.30pm (for a 7pm start), there is a very civilised pub (The Wells) opposite the house, not to mention the delights of the rest of Hampstead (inc. the Heath if you fancy an evening walk), just minutes away.
  • Seminar and Learning Centre, Sherfield Building, Imperial College (South Kensington, SW7 2AZ) is labelled as building no.20 on this Map. Walking from South Kensington Underground station, take the pedestrian tunnel that leads towards the museums. Follow the tunnel to its furthest extent. On leaving the tunnel in Exhibition Road, turn left to reach the college campus.

Outdoor events

These are field meetings or guided tours. Lunch and Tea should be brought on all whole-day meetings. You do not need to have a car - where the programme says 'cars needed' this is to remind drivers they will need to pick up people at the station or meeting point. At meetings involving cars, those receiving lifts are expected to contribute to the cost of petrol used.

Coach trips

These go to well-known wildlife sites in the South and East of England. Bookings must be made in advance using the booking form that is mailed to members. It can also be downloaded here. Members can bring guests (at the same rate per person) so long as they are included on the booking form. The coach trip organiser is Neil Anderson Tel: (020) 8578 2464.

Members are asked not to travel to coach meetings independently, although in some cases the organiser may be prepared to allow this if application is made in advance.

Coaches normally leave from the road alongside the south entrance to Embankment Underground station. Occasionally they can pick up at a second point en route on the outskirts of London (check with organiser). Bear in in mind that engineering work and weekend line closures are taking place on the Underground - please check in advance whether your route to Embankment station will be affected.

Full programme

London Bird Club

Gull Identification & Behaviour Download as iCal file

When Thursday, 21 February 2019,  7:00pm -  8:30pm
The first part looks at the identification of gulls. Especially the challenge of separating Caspian, Yellow-legged & Armenian Gull in the ‘Herring Gull complex’. Also, the Lesser Black-backed Gull complex (Baltic & Heuglin’s). The multiple age classes in the larger ‘white-headed’ gulls presents a challenge to birders which you love or hate. Steve takes you through the latest developments in field identification. Gulls are also fascinating, intelligent birds whose amazing migratory patterns have begun to unfold in recent years thanks to ringing, leg tagging and satellite tracking. Learn how the gulls in your park may have been on foraging visits to Scandinavia, Germany, France, etc., true citizens of the EU.

About the speaker:
Steve Piotrowski is a general naturalist and experienced birder. Author of the recently published ‘Birds of Suffolk’, co-author of ‘The Butterflies of Suffolk’ and a Principal Recorder during recent ‘Dragonfly Atlas’ fieldwork. A founder member of Landguard Bird Observatory (1982) and Waveney Bird Club (2006). He specialises in bird migration and holds a BTO bird-ringing ‘Trainer’ permit. He works as an associated tutor for the Field Studies Council and British Trust for Ornithology and is ornithological advisor for Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Open to all. FREE admission sponsored by John Beaufoy Publishing

The lovely Burgh House & Museum, the venue for the LBC Talks is just a few minutes walk from Hampstead tube station on the Northern Line (not Hampstead Heath - that's the nearby Overground station).

For visiting Burgh House and the Museum, opening times are 12pm - 5pm from Wednesday to Friday and Sunday. Closed on Saturday.

Tip: Hampstead is a delightful village which can be explored with a lot of cafes. The Heath is just minutes away from Burgh House and can be explored in a nature walk before the talk.
Location Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, New End Square, Hampstead, London NW3 1LT, UK