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.

Saturday 27 June 2020, 9.00am-4.30pm, Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH.


This event is organised by the London Natural History Society and the FSC BioLinks project.

The event comprises of 15 talks of 15 minutes each, on a wide range of natural history topics spanning botany, birds, butterflies, mammals, books, reserve management, wildlife recording, top wildlife sites and taxonomy. The majority of talks are UK or London-centric, with a few of the talks focused on foreign regions. The speakers are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and many represent British institutions and conservation charities which are world-leaders in research and conservation.
This not a scientific conference but the depth and content is aimed at adults with a serious interest in natural history. The talks are broken into 5 panels with 15 minute intervals and a 1 hour lunch break to give time for attendees to network. No food and drink is provided, but there are many food options locally. See the accompanying slides for more information.


Due to a capacity constraint of 100 attendees, tickets (£10, early bird £7.50) must be purchased in advance from the FSC website, using the link below. Food and drink is not included in the ticket price.


15 talks of 15 minutes each divided into 5 sessions. Download the full programme PDF.


Swedenborg House is home to Swedenborg Hall: a stunning neoclassical lecture theatre. Built around 1760, Swedenborg House was originally a dwelling house. The freehold was acquired by the Swedenborg Society in 1924. It is a four-storey Grade II-listed building in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London, just a short walk from the British Museum and the London Review Bookshop. There are many bus routes, trains and tube stations close to it. There are several fast food outlets for food and drink and a number of lovely London garden squares are within walking distance.


Holborn (Central Line), Tottenham Court Road (Central Line & Northern Line).


This event is highly subsidised thanks to the FSC BioLinks project’s funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund together with sponsorship from John Beaufoy Publishing and Jetwing Safari Camp Yala.


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