Due to the government announcements on social distancing for everyone,  this event will not go ahead. We apologise for this and appreciate that this is highly disappointing.  If you have booked a place then we will be in touch soon to let you know what is happening in terms of refunding or if there is an optinon to re-schedule this event. Thank you for your patience.





This event is organised by the London Natural History Society and the FSC BioLinks project. It will comprise of 15 talks of 15 minutes each, on a wide range of natural history topics spanning botany, birds, butterflies, mammals,  reserve management, and wildlife recording. The majority of talks are UK or London-centric, with a few of the talks focused on foreign regions and the speakers are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds within the natural history and conservation sector.

This not a scientific conference but is aimed at adults with an interest in natural history. The talks are broken into 5 panels with 15 minute intervals and a 1 hour lunch break to give time for attendees to network. More details on each of the talks, speakers and session chairs can be found in the programme below.

Location: The event is taking place at Swedenborg House, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH.

Cost: Early bird tickets are £7.50 and available until 30/03/20. The regular price is £10.

This event is highly subsidised thanks to the FSC BioLinks project’s funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund together with sponsorship from John Beaufoy Publishing and Jetwing Safari Camp Yala.


Please note: no food or drink is provided, but there are many food options locally. See the event programme below for more information.



Event programme:

Saturday of Wildlife 2020

Please note this is a draft programme so talks/timings may change.

Example Timetable

Doors open 09.00am

Panel 1: Chair, Pippa Jacks 09.30am-10.30am.
Introduction, welcome and admin points by Pippa Jacks

1 Keiron Brown, Recording London’s Wildlife
2 Nick Rutter, Wildlife of Morden Hall Park
3 Tony Wileman, Urban Jewel – the story of Camley Street Natural Park


Panel 2: Chair, Nick Rutter 10.45am-11.45am
4 David Allen, The Evolution of the Field Guide
5 Stephanie West, Gilbert White in London
6 Michael Fay, Six continents: five years: one big plant book


Panel 3: Chair, Sally Middleton 12.00pm-1.00pm

7 Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Top Wildlife Sites in London
8 Mark Spencer, Whither London’s wild flowers
9 Clive Herbert, Finding Mammals in London

Lunch Break

Panel 4: Chair, Gaye Henson 2.00pm-3.00pm

10 Pippa Jacks, Wildlife Safari in Sri Lanka
11 Shahina Ghazenfar, Earliest botanical gardens in the Middle East
12 Robert Prys-Jones, Saga of the Large-billed Reed Warbler


Panel 5: Chair, Liz Andrew 3.15pm-4.15pm

13 Maria Longley, London’s Changing Wildlife
14 Richard Bullock, Wild Orchids in London
15 Edwin Malins, Changing of the Guard – the butterflies of London

Wrap up by Pippa Jacks

Event finishes at 4.30pm