London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London


There are some fantastic places for wildlife in the London area. Take a look at these descriptions to see where you can go and what you might see.

This large London park lies on a sandy ridge resting on a bank of London clay, and provides one of the highest points in London. People have been using the heath for centuries and this has, inevitably, shaped the heath into the area it is today. Managed by the City of London, the site is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation and contains a Site of Special Scientific Interest and contains a wealth of historical features (including the Kenwood House estate managed by English Heritage).

Today the heath is not only a key site for naturalists, but is host to cultural events, home to a wide range of sports facilities and a popular place for Londoners to socialise. Most of the heath falls within the London Borough of Camden, with the Hampstead Heath Extension within the London Borough of Barnet.

Hampstead Heath Panorama© Keiron Derek Brown

Natural History

Hampstead Heath c Keiron Derek Brown 5© Keiron Derek BrownThe heath is a mosaic of habitats, including woodland, scrub, grassland (including small areas of acid grassland), hedgerows, ponds and wetlands, as well as small areas of heathland which gives this green space its name.

These habitats provide a home for a wide range of animals, plants and fungi. Several organisations (including LNHS) have played a part in recording the wildlife of the heath.








 Hampstead Heath Infographic


The Hampstead Heath Survey is a long-term LNHS project to record the flora and fauna in this large area (more than 300 ha) of semi-natural habitat entirely surrounded by the urban environment of North London. See the webpage for details of upcoming events.


Reptile Survey of Hampstead Heath (2008-2009) - A survey was carried out by the London, Essex and Hertfordshire Amphibian and Reptile Trust (LEHART) for the City of London for reptile species (excluding terrapins) on Hampstead Heath. The survey found that grass snakes remain the only native reptile on the heath and made recommendations for their conservation.

Millennial Flora of Hampstead Heath (1997 – 2003) – This LNHS initiative consisted of extensive and structure recording of the vascular plants (flowering plants and ferns) growing on Hampstead Heath, and the places where they were found.

Ancient Tree Survey (2002) – Heath Hands undertook a detailed survey to record various aspects of the ancient trees on the Heath. 790 trees were surveyed in total, with many oaks over 200 years old. The survey helped improve the future management of the veteran trees and plan for succeeding generations of woodland.

Additional Information



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Directions: The size of this green space means different parts are accessible via a range of London underground/overground stations (including ​Golders Green, Hampstead​, Kentish Town​, Hampstead and Gospel Oak). See official website for details.

Facilities: A host of facilities exist, including an athletics track, an education centre, extensive children's facilities, three swimming ponds and a lido. See official website for details.