The Ambleside Natural History Society 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.

Our past programmes for 2017/8 and 2018/9 are available at the heading tab. This page also contains brief reports and photos of our field trips in May each year.

The programme for 2019/20 is now available at the tab 2019-20 Meetings above. Don’t forget to book in your diary:

Next Meeting

12 March 2020


The Beehive, Ambleside Campus, University of Cumbria LA22 9BB

The return of beavers to Cumbria

Heather Devey (Beaver Project Officer, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Haweswater)

Image: C Scrimgeour

Eurasian beavers will be returning to Cumbria, with approval of the enclosed release of beavers onto the Lowther Estate near Penrith. Evidence from trials elsewhere in the UK show that they offer great benefits, including flood risk alleviation, improved water quality, habitat creation for other wildlife and increased revenue for the local economy through nature-based tourism. This is the first trial in an upland area in the UK.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions about beavers and the Cumbria reintroduction project after the talk.

View map of Ambleside Campus

The Percival Lecture Theatre is in the Langdale Building, number 5 on the map.

The alternative venue is the Beehive, building number 2 on the map.

If you turn in at The Armitt Museum, park in the car parks at the bottom of the hill (free in the evenings) then walk up the hill. The Beehive is the single storey building on your right, the Langdale Building is slightly further, up the steps to the flat area and is again on your right.

Swifts in Ambleside

Following a talk on swifts to ANHS by Peter Moreton in April 2019, Pete Martin set up a small group to monitor swifts and their nest sites in Ambleside during summer 2019. Click on the following link to read Pete’s report of their observations: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EPb-oP_WhwgLiQQNcC5T4VTN7R6T6Zjx/view?usp=sharing

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