Natural History Section, Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society
The Natural History Section exists to further the study of natural history and the recording of local wildlife in Leicestershire and the surrounding counties. The Section was founded more than 50 years ago as an off-shoot of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society. Members of the Section have a wide variety of interests and expertise in various areas of natural history, but you don't have to be an expert on natural history to join. We meet with kind permission and support from Leicester City Council Arts and Museums Service in The Lord Mayor’s Room at New Walk Museum.
Twice a year, members receive a programme of forthcoming events, and a copy of the Newsletter which reports on Society activities and contains other items about natural history.
How to Join
From October to March you are very welcome to come along to an indoor meeting and see if you like it -- we only charge guests a small fee (£2.00). Then if you would like to apply for membership, please ask for an application form.
The Natural History Section can be contacted by
Indoor Meetings are usually held on Wednesday evenings twice a month from October to March. Meetings consist of a talk on some aspect of natural history by a knowledgeable speaker, either an invited expert or a member. Most talks use slides as illustrations, and sometimes include specimens or recordings. All talks are aimed at the amateur naturalist, since even those members of the Section who are experts in one area may know very little about another.
All indoor meetings are held with kind permission and support from Leicester City Council Arts and Museums Service in The Lord Mayor’s Room at New Walk Museum, Leicester. Please use the main Museum entrance. Car parking is available at the Museum (sat. nav. users - Princess Road West, LE1 6TP) and on the adjacent streets, and the Museum is within walking distance of the railway station and major bus routes. Unless otherwise stated the meeting room is open from 7.00 p.m. and proceedings finish by 9.30 pm. Members are invited to bring exhibits. Disabled access only is via the ramp at the side of the building where cars park.
Outdoor Meetings are usually held on Saturdays or Sundays between April and October. Meetings usually start at 10 am for a morning or all-day visit, and at 2 pm for an afternoon visit. Distances covered on foot vary, but 1-2 miles for a half-day meeting and 2-3 miles for a full day meeting would be typical, and shorter alternative routes are often available for those who prefer this. All outdoor meetings are by private car within reasonable driving distance of Leicester. Lifts can easily be arranged for those without their own transport.
New members are very welcome at outdoor meetings, but this needs to be arranged in advance.
Indoor meetings, 2018 - 2019. Guests very welcome - £2 per meeting.
WEDNESDAY, 24th OCTOBER
Joint meeting with the Leics. Entomological Society
“Introducing British Spiders.”
Lawrence Bee, Ecological consultant and author
WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER
“The Making of Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve.”
Chris Hill, Conservation Officer, LRWT.
WEDNESDAY, 21st NOVEMBER
FORTY-SIXTH SOWTER MEMORIAL LECTURE
“The Joy of Urban Botany.”
Dr. Geoffrey Hall
WEDNESDAY, 5th DECEMBER
“Natural History Photography – a steep learning curve.”
Dr. Martin Vaughan
WEDNESDAY 19th DECEMBER
“In the footsteps of J. H. Fabre.”
WEDNESDAY, 9th JANUARY
“The Camberwell Beauty in 19 th century Leicestershire and just who
was the Reverend Armitage’s sister?”
Adrian Russell, Leicestershire Entomological Society.
WEDNESDAY, 23rd JANUARY
“The Little Owl.”
WEDNESDAY, 6th FEBRUARY
“The B.S.B.I. Threatened Plants Project.”
Dr.Pete Strohe, B.S.B.I. Scientific Officer.
WEDNESDAY, 20th FEBRUARY
“Sardinia part two : a second look at the ecology of this Mediterranean
MONDAY, 4th MARCH
Joint Meeting with the Parent Body
Main Art Gallery, New Walk Museum. 7.30pm
Prof. Dave Goulson, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex.
WEDNESDAY, 20th MARCH
“In the footsteps of J. H. Fabre.”
WEDNESDAY, 3rd APRIL
A.G.M., Quiz and Social Evening
Our Summer Programme (for members and their guests only) for 2016 included visits to:-
Burley Wood, Rutland
Watermead Country Park North
Sandhills Lodge, Ulverscroft
Barnack Hills and Holes
All Saints Church, Braunston in Rutland
Joint meeting with the Leics. Fungi Study Group:-