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 programmes for the last three years are available at the heading tab. At the bottom of this page you can find links to brief reports and photos of our field trips in May each year and what has now become the annual swift survey in Ambleside.

If you have suggestions for talks, comments on what we are doing or if you want to become a member email us at ambleside.nhs@gmail.com.


Our meetings for the 2020-21 season are now over. We thank all those who attended via Zoom and hope that you enjoyed the programme. The committee always welcomes suggestions for future talks, particularly as we plan the 2021-22 season.

It is not yet clear when we can meet together in the autumn or whether we will again be using Zoom. We will contact members  by email when we know more.

We will not be holding our usual field trip in May this year but we are hoping to hold one or two outdoor activities that members can join. These include a repeat of the swift surveys of the last two years, clearing Himalayan balsam and a bat walk around Ambleside. We will send out emails about these, probably at short notice since some are weather dependent.

Keep well and have an enjoyable summer.


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 each summer.

Click on the links to read Pete’s reports of their observations.



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