Natural History Section, Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society

About us

Natural History Section

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. From October to March you are very welcome to come along to an indoor meeting as a guest and see if you like it. 

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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. 

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. 

Forthcoming events

Meetings in 2021/22 will be held online via Zoom. Natural History Section members will be sent details via email. Non-members are also welcome to join these events - see the NatureSpot Events Calendar for joining details.

Wednesday 5th January 2022 7.30pm
The Making of a Marvel – The Inside Out of Flies – Erica McAlister, Senior Curator, Flies and Fleas, The Natural History Museum

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 7.30pm
The oceanic flora of Northwest Europe: a unique mix of mosses, liverworts and ferns with Tropical and Himalayan affinities – Rory Hodd

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 7.30pm 
Conserving the Unexpected Upland: An update on the first year of the Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme – Julie Attard

MONDAY 7th March 2022 7.30pm
Impacts of Modern Agriculture on Birds – Professor Ian Newton OBE FRS FRSE
Joint lecture with parent body

Wednesday 6th April 2022 7.30pm
AGM and Members Evening