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.

Through our many field meetings and indoor meetings we provide opportunities for our members to develop and extend their their knowledge of London's diverse bird life. These include plenty of events that are suitable for beginners.

For many years we have been collecting and publishing a significant body of information, records and scientific papers about London's birds in our annual London Bird Report.

Bird Recorders

A full list of the LNHS bird recorders for different geographic areas can be found on the Who We Are page and contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.

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