Patron: Dafila Scott

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), the Conversazione – our annual exhibition, a seasonal social in December, and field studies and excursions. Talks cover a wide variety of topics, and there are exhibitions, excursions and field studies where there is an opportunity to learn identification skills. Follow the links for more information.

NatHistCam is our project surveying the natural history of the city of Cambridge. Its website [opens in a new tab] includes a regular blog on wildlife in Cambridge and information on many of the surveys, as well as on the project as a whole.

While restrictions on activities are now easing, many events, including talks, are now taking place online. There may still be a need to book in advance, including for outdoor events, and some coronavirus precautions are likely to still be in place. We advise checking with organisers.

Government advice is updated regularly and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus [opens in a new tab]

Please see our events diary for a list of events relating to natural history taking place in the Cambridge area.

Anglia Ruskin University Wildlife Society and the Cambridge University Nature Society are associate organisations.

We also have links with other local groups such as the Cambridge group of the Wildlife Trust and the Magog Trust. 

Keep in touch
Members receive a programme card three times a year by email, or printed if collected at a meeting, as well as emails informing them of forthcoming activities. Joining the Society gives you opportunities to meet people with shared interests and access to local experts.

There is an email list for advance notification of events, which is open to anyone.  Contact webmaster [at] cnhs.org.uk to be added to the list.  Please make sure that your spam filter (yahoo email addresses in particular) does not reject the messages. 

Our subscription is : annual, £6 (£5 if paid by standing order); three years, £14; life £100.    Membership form  Join at any meeting or contact membership [at] cnhs,org.uk