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London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

Covid-19

The LNHS has suspended its indoor events until at least the end of 2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A reduced programme of field meetings will recommence from September 2021. Please note that these events may be cancelled at short notice. For more details regarding the LNHS field meetings please see the Field Meetings page.

The Library will also remain closed until further notice. 

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Virtual Talks

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The LNHS Virtual Natural History Talk series brings together naturalists with experts and specialists using the Zoom videoconferencing tool.

Our talks are hosted fortnightly and are free to attend (though booking is required).

The talks cover a wide range of subjects, from birds to bats, worms to weeds, fungi to foxes and everything inbetween.

Talks are around 30-40 minutes in length and are followed by a live Q&A between the guest speaker and audience.

Find out more about the Virtual Talks

 

News

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The LNHS News section is the place to keep up-to-date with society announcements and project updates.

It also houses any section or recorder reports that we publish on our website, as well as any book reviews.

In addition, we accept blogs from naturalists and biodiversity-sector organisations that want to share their experiences and opportunities with our members.

Check out LNHS News articles

 

 

Membership

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London's biodiversity faces new challenges from climate change and development pressure.

You can contribute to the conservation of wildlife in the London area by helping to record the changing fortunes of the many species that live here.

Together with our historic records, this information will help us to tackle the conservation issues of the future.

Join us, learn new skills, and help us to make a difference.

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London Bird Report 2017

LBR2017 01 coverThe latest issue of the London Bird Report was published in May 2019 and contains a wealth of information for people who live or work in London, or bird-watch in London. This is one of the annual publications that members of the London Natural History Society (LNHS) receive as part of their membership. Find out how to join the LNHS. You can also buy back issues of the London Bird Report.

This issue of the London Bird Report includes papers on birds ringed and recovered in the London Area, the Breeding Bird Survey for London, an historic account of a Dulwich schoolboy’s bird-watching notes from winter 1947, the breeding density of Buzzards in outer Surrey, a snapshot of bird life in the City of London, ways to get House Sparrows back in London’s Parks, and the discovery of the first Parrot Crossbills in the London Area since 1900. The report also gives a summary of the status of all birds that were reported in London in 2017.

Extracts of some of these papers are given below; as well as the full contents list. 

  

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 LBR2017 05 breeding bird survey


 LBR2017 06 between ten and twenty kestrels


 LBR2017 07 breeding density of buzzards


 LBR2017 08 a snapshot of birdlife in london


 LBR2017 09 could we get house sparrows back


 LBR2017 10 parrot crossbills in broxbourne woods


 

 

London Bird Report 2016

Lesser Whitethroat (Russ Sherriff)The latest issue of the London Bird Report was published in May 2018 and contains a wealth of information for people who live or work in London, or bird-watch in London. This is one of the annual publications that members of the London Natural History Society (LNHS) receive as part of their membership. Find out how to join the LNHS. You can also buy back issues of the London Bird Report.

 

This issue of the London Bird Report includes papers on a BTO House Martin Study, a Ringing Report of all birds ringed and recovered in the London Area, an account of the first London record of Cory's Shearwater, a Breeding Survey for London, an historic review of the Birds of the Inner Thames Kentish Marshes to 1900, an account of the Birds of Franks Park, Belvedere, and the discovery of London's first Oriental Turtle Dove. The report also gives a summary of the status of all birds that were reported in London in 2016.

 

 

 

 

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Extracts of some of these papers are given below; as well as the full contents list. (n.b. click on the page to download the full article about the Oriental Turtle Dove).

 

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London Bird Report 2014

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This issue of the London Bird Report includes a paper about the Peregrine Falcon in Central London, details of only the third ever record of Blyth’s Reed Warbler in London and a study of the influx of Great Skuas in London in October 2014.

Introduction and Acknowledgements: Pete Lambert

Review of the Year: Nick Rutter

Birds of the London Area

A summary of the status of all the birds that were reported in London in 2014.

Ringing Report: Paul Roper

The Breeding Bird Survey in London: Ian Woodward

The Peregrine Falcon in Inner London: David Johnson

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Blyth’s Reed Warbler at Wanstead Flats, June 29th 2014: Nick Croft

Changes to the London Area List and Published Rarities: Andrew Self

The Bonxie Influx in London in October 2014: Andrew Moon

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Reminiscences of a London Birder: Andrew Moon

The Birds of The Warren, Bexleyheath, 1988-2014: Andrew S. Waller

A Breeding Bird Survey of Barnes Common and Putney Lower Common: Jan Wilczur

Checklist of Birds of the London Area and Guide to Contributors of Records

 

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London Bird Report 2015

Great Northern Diver at King George VI Reservoir. (Andrew Moon)The latest issue of the London Bird Report has just been published and contains a wealth of information for people who live or work in London, or bird-watch in London. This is one of the annual publications that members of the London Natural History Society (LNHS) receive as part of their membership. Find out how to join the LNHS. You can also buy back issues of the London Bird Report.

 

 

 

This issue of the London Bird Report includes papers about overwintering Chiffchaffs in the Colne Valley, the birds of Greenwich Park & Blackheath, the rise and fall of the Ruddy Duck, a breeding bird survey of East Sheen Common, a consideration of whether Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls can co-exist on breeding rafts, and where to find birds in the Regent’s Park. The report also gives a summary of the status of all the birds that were reported in London in 2015, as well as a brief account of the first British record of Slaty-backed Gull in 2011, which has now been added to the British list.

 

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Extracts of some of these papers are given below; as well as the full contents list. (n.b. click on the page to download the full article about where to find birds in Regent's Park).

 

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Biodiversity Heritage Library holdingsBack issues of the London Naturalist (and its predecessors from 1898 onwards) and the London Bird Report are now freely available online through the Biodiversity Heritage Library. A summary of the holdings for each publication may be accessed via the links below:

Searching publications on the Biodiversity Heritage Library

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To make a detailed search of the holdings:
  • Click on the “Advanced Search” tab and enter “London Naturalist” in the “Title” Box.
  • Check the “Exact Phrase” button.
  • Enter your search term in the “Text” box, this can be an author name, a species or any other phrase relevant to your search.
  • You can also specify a year in the “Year” box.

The contents have not been fully indexed, which is why you should search for authors and subjects as text entries.

List of bird articles


Our online file LBR 1936-2018 Contents includes direct links to each year that has been digitised, including (on a separate worksheet) the Transactions of the LNHS and London Natuarist years that include records or papers about birds (i.e. those that precede the London Bird Report).

The links are in the year column and are highlighted in green (TLNHS and LN) and blue (LBR). Here is an example:

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For examples of why you might want to explore the digitised journals, see the paper 'Exploring Digital Copies of the LBR' by Pete Lambert in LBR No.84 for 2019, due to be published in May 2021.