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.
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:
LLPS Natural History Section
67 Croft Road
+44 (0)116 2863141
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 (unless otherwise stated) at 7.30 p.m. in the Lord Mayor's Room of the New Walk Museum, Leicester (the entrance door is up the wooden access ramp, off the Museum Car park). 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. The room is open from 7.15 p.m. and proceedings usually finish around 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, 2017 - 2018. Guests very welcome - £2 per meeting.
WEDNESDAY, 25th OCTOBER
Dr. John Bailey
TUESDAY 7th NOVEMBER
Dr. Paul Waring, naturalist and author.
WEDNESDAY, 22nd NOVEMBER
FORTY-FIFTH SOWTER MEMORIAL LECTURE
“Genebank 55: safeguarding Leicestershire and Ruland's wildflower heritage.”
Dr. Richard Gornall, Director and Anna Farrell, Research Curator, University of Leicester Botanic Garden.
WEDNESDAY, 6th DECEMBER
“Leicester and the River Soar.”
Adrian Lane, former Senior Riverside Officer.
WEDNESDAY 20th DECEMBER
"Recent Ramblings of a Natural History Photographer."
WEDNESDAY, 17th JANUARY
“A Very Fine Swan Indeed: Art, Science and 2The Unfeathered Bird".”
Katrina van Gronw, author and illustrator.
WEDNESDAY, 31st JANUARY
“The Future of Wildlife in Leicestershire and Rutland.”
Mike Jeeves, Head of Conservation, LRWT.
WEDNESDAY, 14th FEBRUARY
“Silverhorns, Welshmen's Button and other Caddis.”
Dr. Ray Morris, County Recorder for Trichoptera.
WEDNESDAY, 28th FEBRUARY
“The Ecology of Ancient Sardinia.”
WEDNESDAY, 5th MARCH
Joint Meeting with the Parent Body
Main Art Gallery, New Walk Museum. 7.30pm
“Cuckoo - Cheating by Nature.”
Nick Davis, Professor of Behavioural Ecology, University of Cambridge.
WEDNESDAY, 14th MARCH
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:-