London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

About LNHS

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.

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 The London Natural History Society comprises of a number active sections focussing on specific taxonomic groups or wildlife sites.

Below is a full list of the current Society officers and Recorders of the London Natural History Society. For details of how to contact the Society, please see our Contact Us page.

President and Honorary Vice-Presidents

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President: Maria Roberts

Honorary Vice-Presidents: A. J. Barrett, D. Bevan FLS, R. M. Burton MA, FLS, J. A. Edgington PhD, FLS, J. F. Hewlett PhD, K. H. Hyatt FLS


The affairs of the Society are managed by Council, whose members are the President, Secretary and Treasurer, one representative from each section and ten elected representatives of members.

Society Officers for 2020

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Vice-Presidents: Helen Baker MBOU, Colin Bowlt PhD, FLS, Mark Burgess, David J. Montier, Colin W. Plant BSc, FRES, Pat J. Sellar BSc (Eng), FRGS, MBOU, R. John Swindells, Edward Tuddenham MD, Michael Wilsdon MBOU

Secretary: David Howdon

Treasurer: Michael West

Assistant Treasurer (Membership): Robin Blades

Section Representatives of Council: Liz Andrews (London Bird Club), David Bevan (Botany), Anke Marsh (Ecology & Entomology), VACANT (Bookham Common Survey), Kat Duke (Hampstead Heath Survey)

Elected Member Representatives of Council: Jo Hatton, Jan Hewlett, Angela Linnell,  Nick Rutter, Ian Woodward

Administration and Finance Committee

  • Chair: Michael Wilsdon
  • Secretary: Jo Hatton
  • Members: David Howdon (LNHS Secretary), Michael West (LNHS Treasurer), Robin Blades, Mark Burgess, Kennedy Cruickshank

Independent Examiner: Meyer Williams

Conservation Officer: David Bevan FLS

Minuting Secretary (General Meetings): Angela Linnell

Library & Publications

Publications All except LBR
Librarian: David Allen

Assistant Librarian: Julie Berk

Library Committee

  • Chair: John Swindells (Botany)
  • Secretary: David Allen (Librarian)
  • Members: David Howdon (LNHS Secretary), Mike West (LNHS Treasurer), John Boorman (LBC), Tristan Bantock (E&E)

Publication Sales: Catherine Schmitt

Editor, The London Naturalist: Nick Rutter

Editor, Newsletter: Mark Burgess

Editor, Programme: Helen Innes

London Bird Report Editorial Board

Publication London Bird Reports
Chair of Editorial Board: VACANT

Data Manager: Roger Payne

Editors, Birds of the London Area: Derek Coleman, Sally MIddleton & Ian Woodward

Editor, Papers: Liz Andrew

Editor, Photographs: Jonathan Lethbridge

Editor, Remaining Sections: Pete Lambert & Mike Trier

Production Manager: Gus Wilson

Other members: John Archer

Designers: Nigel Partridge & Mike Trier

Rarities Committee: see London Bird Club section below

Bird Recorders: see London Bird Club section below

London Bird Club

London Bird Club SQUARE
Chair: Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne FLS

Committee Secretary: Douglas Bilton

Treasurer: George Kalli

Talks Organiser: VACANT (Acting: Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne)

Field Meetings Organiser: Shalmali Rao Paterson

Chair of London Bird Report Editorial Board: See London Bird Report Editorial Board above

Reading Circle Secretary: Angela Linnell

Ringing enquiries: Paul Roper

BTO North London Contact: Sabrina Schalz

BTO South London Contact: Richard Arnold

Committee: Nirosh Perera, Sally Middleton

Twitter Master (@londonbirdclub): Donna Zimmer

Instagram Editor (@londonbirdclub): Pippa Jacks

Rarities Committee

  • Chair: Bob Watts
  • Committee: John Archer, Richard Bonser, Rob Innes, Sean Huggins, Andrew Moon, Andrew Self


  • London Recorder: Roger Payne
  • Buckinghamshire: Andrew Moon
  • Essex: Roy Woodward
  • Hertfordshire: Roger Payne
  • Inner London: Richard Bonser
  • Kent: John Archer
  • Middlesex: Sean Huggins
  • Surrey: Paul Goodman
Data Manager: Roger Payne


Branched Bur reed SQUARE

Secretary: Sarah Graham-Brown

Indoor Meetings Secretary: VACANT

Field Meetings Secretary: George Hounsome

Committee: Paul Bartlett PhD, Robin Blades, Annie Chipchase, Frances Dismore, Ian Kitching, Maria Roberts, Mary Clare Sheahan, John Swindells


  • Flowering Plants: Mark Spencer PhD FLS
  • Vascular Cryptoograms (Ferns & Allies): Mark Spencer PhD FLS
  • Fungi: Andy Overall
  • Lichens: John Skinner
  • Bryophytes (Mosses & Liverworts): Peter Howarth

Ecology & Entomology

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: Keiron Derek Brown

Secretary: Nathalie Mahieu PhD

Indoor Meetings Secretary: Anke Marsh

Field Meetings Secretary: Tristan Bantock

Treasurer: David Greeno

Committee: Richard Dee, Mick Massie, Stephanie Skipp


  • Mammals: Clive Herbert FLS
  • Reptiles and Amphibians: Tom Langton BSc
  • Fish: VACANT
  • Isopoda (Woodlice & Waterlice): VACANT
  • Chilopoda (Centipedes): Jaromir Papez
  • Diplopoda (Millipedes): VACANT
  • Araneae (Spiders): J. Edward Milner BSc
  • Opiliones & Pseudoscorpionidae (Harvestmen & False Scorpions): Sylvia Myers
  • Coleoptera - Carabidae & Coccinellidae (Ground Beetles & Ladybirds): Paul Mabbott BSc
  • Coleoptera - Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles & Allies): Stephanie Skipp
  • Coleoptera - Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles): Michael Geiser
  • Coleoptera (all other beetles): VACANT
  • Hemiptera (True Bugs): Tristan Bantock
  • Hymenoptera (Ants): Mike Fox
  • Hymenoptera (Bees & Wasps): Tony Madgwick
  • Diptera (True Flies): Linda Pryke
  • Lepidoptera - Butterflies: Leslie Williams
  • Lepidoptera - Moths: Colin W. Plant BSc
  • Neuroptera (Lacewings & Allies): Colin W. Plant BSc
  • Orthoptera (Grasshoppers & Crickets): Sarah Barnes
  • Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies): Neil Anderson BSc
  • Riverflies (Mayflies, Stoneflies and Caddisflies): VACANT
  • Oligochaeta - Earthworms: Keiron Derek Brown
  • Molluscs: VACANT
  • Plant Galls: Tommy Root

Bookham Common Survey


Secretary: Steve Mellor

Committee: Dr Alan Prowse, Ian Swinney, Stuart Cole

Hampstead Heath Survey

Hampstead Heath earthworm surveying SQUARE
Chair: Liz Andrew

Secretary: Clive Herbert

Committee: Keiron Derek Brown, Prof. Jeff Duckett, Kat Duke, John Egginton, Jeff Waage