London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

LNHS Events - Online Only

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.

In the meantime, please check out our new Virtual Natural History Talk series.

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.

Covid-19 and Social Distancing

The resumption and format of the talks will depend on prevailing advice from the UK Government.


All of the London Bird Club’s talks are listed in the full LNHS programme. For ease of reference, the season’s programme and details of the venue are listed below. For more details of the talks, including the speaker profiles, see this PDF. It also includes a huge number of wildlife events from other sections of the LNHS and other organisations with a London focus, demonstrating that London is one of the best capital cities in the world for wildlife enthusiasts.


LBC Talks Programme: September 2020 to April 2021

Wednesday 16 September 2020, Geoffrey Davison, Birds of Peninsular Malaysia

Peninsular Malaysia has more than 600 species of birds, mostly within forest. They include iconic species such as White-bellied Woodpecker, Wallace's Hawk-eagle and Malaysian Peacock-pheasant. The birds of occasionally inundated peat-swamp forest, and of hill forest, form distinctive communities dominated by birds with a distribution centred on Sundaland (Malaya, Sumatra, Borneo), whereas many birds of mountain forest are of Himalayan origin. 

Tuesday 13 October 2020, Steve Portugal, Bird Flight & Co-operative Aerodynamics

This talk is about how birds co-operate and the mechanisms they employ to save energy during flight. Through the use of novel biologging technology, and by working with the reintroduction scheme of the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis, studies have been performed on the relative positioning of individuals in a V-formation, and the co-operative aerodynamic interactions that take place, at a level and complexity not previously feasible.

Tuesday 10 November 2020, Mark Mallalieu, Goshawks, Honey-buzzards and Hawfinches in Sussex

Remember the amazing Hawfinch invasion of 2017/18? With other birdwatchers, Mark took the opportunity to learn as much as possible about these elusive birds. His talk will cover the findings of this fieldwork so far. He will also describe the return of the Goshawk to the county and the secret world of the Honey-buzzard.

Tuesday 19 January 2021, Andy Sands, Secret Britain

This is a general talk on British wildlife with a bias towards the lesser seen and more secretive species.  Birds covered include Nightjar, Nightingale, Garden Warbler and many other species that can be elusive as well as nocturnal mammals, various insects and also a few of the more secret/lesser visited locations of the British Isles. 

Tuesday 16 February 2021, Jonathan Forgham, Birds of the North Norfolk Coastal Footpath

Jonathan has completed the 47 mile North Norfolk Coastal Footpath on 3 occasions over the years and has been visiting this area for 5 decades, building up a fairly impressive list of species which is now approaching 300. In 2019 he decided to fund raise for a Sri Lankan project by setting off on foot from his front door to cover the 160 miles to Cromer in 9 days, with the last 3 days being the Coastal Footpath Trail.

Tuesday 9 March 2012, Carl Chapman, Birding and Cetacean Hot Spots in Britain

An introduction to some of the best places around the UK for seabirds and cetaceans. Carl takes us from Kent up the east coast through Suffolk and Norfolk. Spurn Point in Yorkshire and The Farne Islands in Northumberland. Further North into Scotland we encounter the largest group of inshore Bottlenose Dolphins within the UK. 

This talk will be a joint event with the Marylebone Birdwatching Society.


Location: Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead, London, NW3 1LT.

Admission: The LBC Talks are FREE. Everyone is very welcome to come along to the London Bird Club talks and bring their friends. There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by John Beaufoy Publishing and Jetwing Safari Camp Yala and Serendipity Retreats. Please feel free share to details with anyone who might be interested and please do Tweet this page or share it on Facebook.

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 Time: For the London Bird Club talks which start at 7pm, the doors open at 6.30pm. For the talks, it is open on all week days. However, for visiting Burgh House and the Museum, opening times are 12pm - 5pm from Wednesday to Friday and Sunday. Closed on Saturday. (NB. For the Talk that coincides with the AGM, doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start).

Burgh House

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

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 mini nature walk.

Joint Talks with LBC and MBS
The joint MBS and LNHS talks take place at the Gospel Oak Methodist Church. Agincourt Road, NW3 2NT. Entrance in Lisburne Road. An entrance charge will apply of £5 (£3 for MBS or LNHS members). For the MBS Talks, doors open at 7.00 p.m. for 7.15 p.m.



There are other organisations who also have a brilliant programme of talks with venues in Central London (i.e. in Zone 1-2 in terms of tube/London underground zones). The key ones with bird talks are listed below.

British Ornithologists’ Club

Typically, four meetings held in calendar quarters. Nearest tubes are Victoria & St James’s Park
Talks are free. See details

Marylebone Birdwatching Society

Typically, 7 talks are held on Friday evening between September and June.
Nearest tube is Belsize Park. Also Hampstead Heath Overground.
Door charge applies. See details

RSPB Central London Local Group

Typically, 9 talks held on Thursday evenings between September and May. 
Nearest tubes are Knightsbridge, Sloane Square or South Kensington
Door charge applies. See details