Natural History Section, Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society

    Natural History Section

    About us

    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.

    Contact Us

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    Indoor Meetings are usually held on Wednesday evenings once 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.

    Forthcoming events

    Indoor meetings, 2019-2020. Guests very welcome - £2 per meeting.

    WEDNESDAY, 16th OCTOBER, 7.30pm
    "Plant stories from around the world"
    Dr Richard Gornall, Director, Botanic Garden, University of Leicester. 

    WEDNESDAY, 13th NOVEMBER, 7.30pm
    "The spiders of Leicestershire & Rutland - indicators of change?"
    Dr Alan Cann, VC55 County Co-ordinator for Spiders.

    WEDNESDAY 18th DECEMBER, 7.30pm
    "Charnwood Lodge, Leicestershire's last wilderness"
    Neil Pilcher, Senior Conservation Officer, LRWT. 

    WEDNESDAY, 15th JANUARY, 7.30pm
    "Leicester's Peregrine Project"

    WEDNESDAY, 19th FEBRUARY, 7.30pm
    "WWW Falklands" 
    Gainpiero Farrari F.R.P.S. 

    WEDNESDAY, 9th MARCH, 7.30pm
    Joint Meeting with the Parent Body, Main Art Gallery New Walk Museum.
    "Wildlife recording in changing times"
    Brian Eversham, CEO, Beds, Cambs & Northants Wildlife Trust. 

    WEDNESDAY, 25th MARCH, 7.30pm
    AGM, Quiz & Social Evening.