The Society was founded in 1947. Initially as a Zoological Club. Modelled on a precedent set by London Zoo, to promote exchange of knowledge among people interested in animals - both as pets and in the wild.
Very soon, the focus and name had changed to Natural History; though perhaps still with a bias towards vertebrate fauna... Local wildlife surveys of Foots Cray Place and Ruxley gravel workings were instigated.
Within a few years, having gained a photographer, botanist and biology teacher as members, the Society's interests broadened further. And the idea of a field excursion to look at things further afield had developed.
Our web-site has an account of these Early Years, written by one of our founder-members.
Over time, with advances in transport, technology and social change, the emphasis may have continued to alter. But not our basic tenet. Enjoyment and study of all forms of nature in the congenial company of like-minded enthusiasts.
We do have some members with an academic background in the natural world. Most, however, are amateurs. With various levels of expertise but happy to share their knowledge and experiences.
An enthusiastic core of active members is involved with a range of other groups too. Covering subjects such as ornithology, flora, Kentish wildlife, even sailing, and geology!
A small and friendly Society, we're always delighted to welcome new faces with similar interests.
Catchment Area ...
Everyone is most welcome. In general, members come from the area between Blackheath and Dartford. Mainly the local boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich. But some travel quite a distance to be with us; present examples include the Medway Towns and Sevenoaks!
Our organised programme contains monthly indoor and outdoor events. Both open to members and non-members alike. Various events are reported briefly on our Society Journal page.
Indoor Meetings are held at the Hurst Community Centre, Bexley. They usually feature visiting speakers with illustrated presentations. We aim for a good mix of subjects relating to natural history. A break for tea or coffee is a feature of the evening: members are encouraged to share local wildlife news, and to bring along objects or publications of interest.
Outdoor events, Field Trips, take in a variety of locations and habitats. Mostly Kent; with occasional excursions into Essex or Sussex. Our objectives will vary with the seasons. But we invariably look at anything we come across; be it flora or fauna - of all classes and phyla, or other things like fungi. In short: anything to do with wildlife and the natural world.
Do browse our dedicated pages for more details! The Indoor Programme is a separate page. Or maybe you prefer a paper copy (printable pdf) version of our full programme...
Please note that juniors (U16) must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all events.
You can join the Sidcup Natural History Society at any of our Indoor Meetings or Field Trips. Why not come along first as a visitor and see how much you enjoy the experience? To join directly, phone, e-mail or write to one of the society contacts.
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If you've any questions about the Society, not addressed by the embedded links above, then our Useful Information page might prove helpful. Otherwise, feel free to drop us a quick message.