Welcome to the 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 Newsletter which reports on Society activities and contains other items about natural history.

Indoor Meetings

These are usually held on Wednesday evenings twice a month from October to March. They 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. Guests are welcome.

Outdoor Meetings

These are for members only. They are usually held on Saturdays or Sundays between April and October and usually start at 2 pm. Distances covered on foot vary, but are usually between 1 & 2 miles, and shorter alternative routes are often available. All outdoor meetings are by private car within reasonable driving distance of Leicester. Lifts can easily be arranged for those without their own transport.

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. Alternatively information on membership can be obtained by emailing the Natural History Section.

Minutes of meetings

Minutes of the Natural History section are available here.


This year’s programme of events is available here.

Last year’s programme is available here.

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