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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.

Glyphotaelius pellucidus eggs Welcome to the LNHS Virtual Natural History Talk series. These interactive events bring together naturalists with experts and specialists using the Zoom videoconferencing tool and both LNHS members and non-members are welcome. All of our talks are free and are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel afterwards (simply subscribe and activate notifications to avoid missing out).

Booking is essential and the events do fill up so we recommend subscribing to the mailing list below to avoid disappointment. The talks are fortnightly with an annual hiatus between mid-October and the end of December duer to the LNHS Society and Section AGMs.

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What are LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks?

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All LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks will:

  • Comprise of a 30-40 minute talk from the guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session.
  • Be free to attend by all, including both LNHS members and non-members.
  • Be hosted on Zoom and bookings will be managed through Eventbrite, with joining instructions sent to those that have booked prior to the event.
  • Be recorded and subsequently made available through YouTube.
Talks will cover a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) ecology, identification, recording and conservation, and in a variety of groups including birds, mammals, flowering plants, fungi, bryophytes, reptiles and amphibians, and a range of invertebrate groups.


Click here to book upcoming LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks

Click here to watch previous LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks

How do I book?

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All of the LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks are free to attend, but booking is essential as spaces are limited to 100 individuals (including hosts and speakers) per event. We manage the bookings through Eventbrite:

Click here to book upcoming LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here: https://zoom.us/
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: https://zoom.us/test

Call for speakers

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LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks are a great way to engage with the London natural history community, bringing together amateur naturalists with experts and sector professionals. We deal with all the admin, technology and hosting so that the speakers can focus on their presentations and answering any questions. The format of the webinars can be found above, your presentation can be 30-40mins long and the Q&A session can be anything from 15-30 minutes long.

Our audiences are interested in a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) ecology, identification, recording and conservation, and in a variety of groups including birds, mammals, flowering plants, fungi, bryophytes, reptiles and amphibians, and a range of invertebrate groups.

If you are interested in being one of our guest speakers, then we’d like to hear from you. Please fill out our Virtual Natural History Talk Speaker Application Form below and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get in touch to discuss the possibility of adding your talk to our programme.

Click here to download the speaker application form

Please note that the speaker programme for 2021 is now complete. We are still accepting forms from potential speakers but it may be a while before we can schedule new talks.
 

Call for writers

Birch Mazegill SQUAREWe know you enjoy attending the virtual talks and we are looking for volunteers to do a short write-up of one of the talks for the society’s printed newsletter. This goes out to all members - including those who may not have good access to technology - and helps everyone to keep in touch with what is happening. It also acts as a permanent record of events that people can access in the future.

All that is required is for you to produce a summary of the main points of the talk (within a week or two) so you don’t need to be an expert on the subject. You can watch the recording on the Youtube channel so you can pause and rewind as required and that means there’s no need to make notes during the live meeting.

We have volunteers already for some of the talks in 2021, but there are still some opportunities available.

Please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in signing up to produce the write up for one of our upcoming talks.

Previous LNHS Virtual natural History Talks


Previous talks have been recorded and are available to view via the LNHS YouTube channel. We recommend subscribing to the channel and turning on notifications so that you get a reminder when new videos are uploaded.

Click here to watch previous LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks

Click here to see the full 2020 LNHS Virtual Talks Programme

Click here to see the full 2021 LNHS Virtual Talks Programme

2021 Virtual Natural History Talks Programme


Click here to book upcoming LNHS Virtual Natural History Talks

15/04/21 When Will It Flower? Plants & Climate Change Alistair Fitter
29/04/21 London HogWatch Chris Carbone, Zoological Society of London
13/05/21 The Earliest Botanic Gardens of the Middle East Shahina Ghazanfar, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
27/05/21 The Globe-trotting Plant Genus Nicotiana (Tobacco) Mark Chase
10/06/21 Are Gardens Good For Birds? Mike Toms (joint event with Ecology & Conservation Studies Society)
24/06/21 CSI of the Sea - What Causes Cetacean Strandings? Rob Deaville, Zoological Society of London
08/07/21 Bird Census Methods for Gardens: A 30-year study Dave Dawson (joint event with Ecology & Conservation Studies Society)
22/07/21 Oyster Restoration in the UK: Restoring a forgotten ecosystem Celine Gamble, Zoological Society of London
05/08/21 Gardening For Wildlife: The Sheffield BUGS Project Ken Thompson (joint event with Ecology & Conservation Studies Society)
19/08/21 The Wildlife of Copped Hall Gardens & Epping Forest Peter Warne 
02/09/21 Discovering Gilbert White in London Stephanie Holt
16/09/21 Blue Whales of the World - And Closer To Home Susannah Calderan
30/09/21 Kittiwakes on Lundy Kirsty Neller
14/10/21 Gardening For Earthworms Keiron Derek Brown, Earthworm Society of Britain
28/10/21 Managing Landscapes for Wildlife: Lessons from Australia Lizzy Crotty

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London HogWatch AD

 

The Earliest Botanic Gardens of the Middle East AD

 

Globe trotting plant genus Nicotiana AD

 

Are Gardens Good For Birds AD

 

CSI of the Sea AD

 

Bird Census For Gardens AD

 

 Oyster Restoration AD

 Image of oyster (c) Paul Naylor, Marine Photo.

Sheffield BUGS Project AD

 

Wildlife of Copped Hall Gardens Epping Forest AD

 

Discovering Gilbert White AD

 

Blue Whales of The World AD

 

Kittiwakes on Lundy AD

 

 Gardening For Earthworms AD

 

Lessons From Australia AD

Image of Newhaven mala sunset (c) W Lawler/Australia Wildlife Conservancy