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'Sett up in 1967 by wildlife lovers, to give an opportunity to learn about the natural world around us, promote conservation, and - just as important - to get out and see it in the company of experts and friends. Butterflies, bats, fowl, flora, fungi: all on the agenda ... We welcome new members, and non-members are welcome at our events.'

A full programme of Field Meetings is held from Spring to Autumn, with a few meetings in the winter as well. These are typically fairly close to Alton and cover a wide range of interests including Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Flowers and Botany, Fungi ... If you are interested in joining then come along to any indoor or outdoor meeting without obligation.'

'The Society was formed in 1908. A group of 7 men met on the 4th January in a room of the Free Library in Altrincham. The aim was to form a society to promote the knowledge, observation, recording and protection of all forms of nature ...  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, with evening walks in summer and illustrated talks in winter. Additional whole day events are organised periodically.'

'Meets in a spirit of friendship and goodwill to share in all aspects of natural history, geology, the countryside, its scenery, its flora and fauna, its use, its buildings, its history, the activities of its inhabitants, etc. Almost nothing is excluded. Members of the public are welcome to attend our meetings.'

'The Society’s origins go back to 1877. The AANHS was founded in 1947 to promote the study of Ayrshire history and natural history ... The Society has over 170 members, mainly resident in Ayrshire but there are many members throughout Britain and the world. The membership also includes library and university bodies. The Society is one of the few which publishes regularly. At least one Monograph is usually issued each year, free to members, and on sale to the general public. Meetings are held during the winter months ... Members of the public are freely welcome to attend these meetings to see if they would like to become a Member of the Society.'

'The Belfast Naturalists’ Field Club was formed in 1863 and is an eclectic mix of amateurs and professionals who are interested and enthusiastic about the natural sciences and the built environment ... We welcome and encourage anyone who has an interest in the natural world to become a member ... We run a series of evening Winter Lectures usually on the 2nd Tuesday of the month ... We occasionally run introductory courses and workshops on such topics as archaeology, plant identification, botany, fossils, rocks, and minerals, etc..'

'The Society is for everyone interested in nature and its conservation. Our aims are to present and share information about the Natural World, to increase awareness about its importance and to work to increase the biodiversity of local wildlife habitats ... There is a friendly atmosphere at our meetings, visitors are always welcome and there is no need to book.'

'Founded in 1857 as Cambridge Entomological Society, Cambridge Natural History Society is open to everyone interested in Natural History – including zoology, botany, ecology, entomology, palaeontology, conservation and the environment. Regular activities include evening talks in the spring (January to March or April) and autumn (October and November) ...Talks cover a wide variety of topics, and there are exhibitions, excursions and field studies where there is an opportunity to learn identification skills.'

'A friendly group of local people with a shared interest in all aspects of wildlife, who have been studying and recording all branches of natural history for over 50 years. We do this in an entertaining manner and, in cooperation with other like-minded groups, help conserve the flora and fauna of Sussex. Members of the Society share a common interest in natural history and while some are experts in particular wildlife fields, others are newcomers to the subject. New members are always welcome ... Lecture evenings are held regularly in Chichester over the winter, while lunchtime sessions in a local pub allow a small group to focus on a particular aspect of nature.'

Purpose of the Society is 'to provide facilities for those who wish to enjoy and increase their knowledge of natural history. The Society's main area of interest is the Elmbridge District of Surrey, which offers a good range of habitats and includes some sites, such as the commons around Esher and Oxshott, which are of major wildlife importance within the county and indeed nationally' ... 'Meetings are held from October to April on the second Wednesday of the month ... Meetings usually take the form of an illustrated talk covering a variety of natural history and environmental themes. One meeting is reserved for a member's evening where members talk about their current activities, bring specimens of interest for discussion, or make a short presentation.'

'The Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society, founded in 1961, has an active programme of meetings and events throughout the year.'

'The aim of the Halifax Naturalists Society founded in 1874 is to stimulate an interest in, conserve, record & educate others of the Natural History of Calderdale. There are members at all levels of knowledge and experience, from enthusiastic beginners to those with specialist knowledge in their chosen fields. Our interests are wide-ranging, covering the spectrum of natural history. We provide a forum for naturalists of all ages and abilities to meet and explore the wildlife of the local area. The HSS holds monthly talks on natural history and science for pleasure on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 7.15pm.  Talks cover a wide variety of topics and are given by a range of fascinating experts in a way which can be understood to both those with experience and those who just want to come along and see what it’s all about! Non-members welcome.'

'The Harrogate & District Naturalists’ Society actively encourages people to discover the natural world on our doorstep. Membership of the Society is just one of the ways, you can get involved by sending us your wildlife photos or details of wildlife sightings, or simply by getting out and visiting some of the wonderful locations the Harrogate District has to offer ... All are welcome to our field meetings and lectures, which are free to members, and are open to visitors on payment of a fee ... Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) on Wednesday evenings.'

'Founded in 1880 as the Hull Field Club. Our purpose is the study, recording and conservation of wildlife in the Hull and East Riding area. We are partners in the Hull Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) and we take part in several recording and monitoring schemes in the Hull area ... Our interests are wide and varied, encompassing all aspects of Natural History. Although birds and plants are often to the forefront we also take an interest in butterflies, dragonflies and other insects, snails, fungi and geology. We conduct weekly field meetings on Tuesday evenings between May and September each year ...  During the winter months we usually organise a few indoor meetings where members can exchange ideas and listen to short presentations.'

'The Society holds field meetings during the summer and fortnightly evening talks/slide shows from September to March ... The winter meetings are on Monday evenings, starting at 7.30 p.m. Non-members are welcome.'

'Formed in 1973 to promote and advance the study of the countryside, including all aspects of nature, to encourage and actively support the protection of wildlife and the preservation of natural beauty.  The Society also has a remit to establish, own and maintain conservation areas, sanctuaries and nature reserves and owns a part of Ffrwd Fen at Pembrey. It also exists to facilitate the exchange of information among members by, amongst other things, the organisation of field meetings, lectures, film shows, and exhibitions and to publish the results of the work of members. These events are an excellent opportunity to meet other naturalists of all abilities and to visit places of wildlife interest.'

'Do you want to find out more about the wildlife of our area? Are you fascinated by birds, plants, mammals, marine life, insects, dragonflies or butterflies? Would you like to go on trips to see them accompanied by experts? The MNA offers a wide variety of outdoor meetings and coach trips allowing members to learn about wildlife in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.'

'The Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society is based at Montrose Museum and was formed in 1836, making it the second oldest Antiquarian Society in Scotland. It provides a focal point for those interested in the local history, archaeology, and the natural world of Montrose and the surrounding area. The main activity for the Society centres around a series of talks that take place on the second Tuesday of every month between September and April. These talks are open to all, not just to our members.'

'Our fundamental purpose remains unchanged since 1829: to study and protect nature. The history of NHSN contributes a significant legacy and contribution to UK natural history and as the nature conservation sector grows and evolves, we must adapt our purpose to be relevant to the present day and the future.'  In 1851 'beginning a tradition that continues until the present day, NHSN launches a new series of public lectures to make natural history accessible to Newcastle’s working class'.

'The Northamptonshire Natural History Society, founded 1876, welcomes all who are interested in the wonders of science and nature. We cater for all levels of interest, from those who are just starting to realise how amazing nature is, to those who have a life-long passion for the natural world. The Society has its own rooms and laboratory, located near the Derngate & Royal Theatres in the centre of Northampton. There are over 250 meetings, walks and visits per year, arranged by the different sections.'

'From October to April the RNHS holds monthly meetings ... Each month a lively and stimulating talk on wildlife subjects is given by experts in their own field. This is also the time when news of ongoing projects, sightings of wildlife and forthcoming attractions can be exchanged.'

'The Salisbury and District Natural History Society was founded in 1952. It is a registered charity with the following aims: * To record the flora and fauna of the district; * To study the natural history of the district; * To make a photographic record of the district; * To promote the conservation of the flora and fauna of the district.' Indoor meetings are held from September to April.

'Founded in 1889. We are a group of amateur naturalists’ with interests throughout the spectrum of natural history. There are members at all levels of knowledge, from interested beginners to those with specialist knowledge in their chosen fields. We would encourage anyone with an interest in the natural world around them to take a look at our Calendar, choose a talk that is of particular interest (or just the next one on the list), and come along to see what we are all about.'

'Formed in 1918 in honour of Henry Clifton Sorby (1826-1908). We are a forum for naturalists of all ages and abilities to meet, enjoy natural history, collect, store and share information, explore the Sorby Study Area and promote conservation of wildlife and geology. We have groups that organise events, such as lectures, field meetings, surveys and workshops, we produce several publications including a monthly newsletter and an annual Sorby Record and currently hold over 750,000 species records.'

'We are a group who promote interest in Natural History, Archaeology, Local History and Vernacular buildings by means of lectures, discussions, excursions and the maintenance of records as well as working for the conservation of the countryside ... We welcome new members. As a member you will have the benefit of attending our meetings, talks and walks for free,'

'Founded in 1963 to “study nature and promote its conservation” West Oxfordshire Field Club is a natural history society based in Witney, Oxfordshire ... We have indoor meetings with invited speakers on the first Friday of each month from October to May at 7:30 pm ... and walks to places of natural history interest, usually local, throughout the year. We usually have two social events each year and organise the occasional long weekend away to areas of particular natural history interest. Each January we have a Members’ Night where members can share their own observations and interests.'

'Throughout the winter we have amazing talks given by experts from the Club and beyond. Some focus on species we all think we know, like sparrows and beavers. Others explore new and unfamiliar territory, like state-of-the-art ecological monitoring or molecular techniques. There are lively talks about conservation, local archaeology and history, expeditions by Club Members, presentations about new projects, discussions about the philosophy of natural history, and in depth study of organisms which everyone knows, likes and understands are important, like honey bees.'

'The Society exists to promote the study and appreciation of the natural world by arranging regular illustrated talks, guided walks, recording and publications. The programme of indoor illustrated talks by guest speakers, takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month starting at 7.30pm.'

'The Woolhope Club is the society for people of an enquiring mind interested in the county of Herefordshire, though many of its members live outside the county and its yearly journal (the Transactions) can be found in libraries across the world. The Club’s interests include archaeology, geology, history and natural history. Most of its activities are based in Herefordshire and the Marches and this is reflected in the topics covered in our journals, but some expeditions are made further afield, occasionally outside the UK. Members come together for lectures in Hereford during the winter months and go on excursions during the summer. The Club often visits places not accessible to the general public.'

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