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

When a sparrow is not a sparrow: the Intriguing Dunnock Download as iCal file

When Wednesday, 16 October 2019,  7:00pm -  8:30pm
The talk looks at the intriguing life of the often overlooked but common bird known as the Dunnock along with a host of other sometimes misleading and confusing names. The Dunnock also gained fame in a study that showed how males engage in cloacal pecking to render void a prior mating attempt by a rival suitor. As a declining species, the talk will look at its physiology and ecological requirements across its geographical range and look how its behaviour, food sources and association with people has both positive and negative effects on its population.

About the speaker:
Tony Wileman is a trained ecologist working for the London Wildlife Trust with over 25 years experience in nature conservation. His interest in birds spans 37 years and he has travelled to five continents watching and recording them. He has a particular interest in species to species and habitat interactions and is passionate about ensuring wildlife in all its forms obtains a voice for its preservation.

7pm. Doors open 6.30pm. Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead, London, NW3 1LT. FREE admission sponsored by John Beaufoy Publishing & Jetwing Safari Camp Yala.
Location Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, New End Square, Hampstead, London NW3 1LT, UK