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list of natural history organisations

Below is the promised list of natural history groups, clubs, etc. for the West Midlands. Some are very specialist, and others very general, so you should be able to find something you're interested in.
I'm sure I've missed some, so please do add any extras - it would be good to have this as complete as possible.
Hope someone finds this useful...
Joe

West Midlands (Birmingham and general)
Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust http://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/
Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group http://brumbats.wordpress.com/
Birmingham and Black Country Mammal Group
Birmingham Field Naturalists’ Club
Birmingham Natural History Society http://freespace.virgin.net/clare.h/bnhs.htm
Black Country and Staffordshire Naturalists (formerly Black Country Biodiversity Group) http://bcsnats.wordpress.com/
West Midlands Butterfly Conservation www.westmidlandsbutterflyconservation.org.uk
West Midland Bird Club http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/

Herefordshire
Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team http://www.herefordhart.org
Herefordshire Bat group http://www.rebecca.collins.care4free.net/main.htm
Herefordshire Nature Trust http://www.herefordshirewt.org/
Herefordshire Action for Mammals http://ham.btck.co.uk/
Herefordshire Badger Group http://badgerland.co.uk/badgergroups/midlands/herefordshirebadgergroup.html
Herefordshire Ornithological Club www.herefordshirebirds.org
Herefordshire Barn Owl Group www.herefordshirebarnowlgroup.btck.co.uk
Herefordshire Fungus Survey Group http://www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/mycology/recording-network/groups/herefor...
Woolhope Field Naturalists’ Club http://www.woolhopeclub.org.uk/

Shropshire
Natural Shropshire www.naturalshropshire.org.uk
Shropshire Mammal Group, Email: shropshiremammalgroup@gmail.com
Shropshire Badger Group www.shropshirebadgergroup.co.uk
Shropshire Bat Group http://bit.ly/ShropshireBats
Shropshire Amphibian and Reptile Group shropshirearg@gmail.com
Shropshire ornithological Society www.Shropshirebirds.com
Shropshire Botanical Society www.bsbi.org.uk/shropshire
Border Bryologists (mosses and liverworts) mlawley@virgin.net
Shropshire Fungus Group www.shropshirefungusgroup.org
Shropshire Invertebrates Group http://bit.ly/ShropInverts
Shropshire Spider Group Email: michaelfallon@uwclub.net
Shropshire Butterfly Group Email: jjoy@butterfly-conservation.org
Shropshire Dragonfly Group http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/local_groups/shropshire-dragonflies

Staffordshire
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/page/home
South Staffordshire naturalists’ Society http://www.sstaffsnaturalists.org.uk/
Bird Watchers in Staffordshire http://www.ispyabird.co.uk/members/county/staffordshire
Smestow Valley Bird Group http://smestowvalley.blogspot.co.uk/
Staffordshire Invertebrate Group http://www.staffs-ecology.org.uk/sig/index.php5?title=Main_Page
Staffordshire Mammal Group www.staffordshiremammalgroup.org.uk/
Staffordshire Moths Group http://www.staffsmoths.org.uk/
West Midland Bird Club: Staffordshire http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/staffordshire/

Warwickshire
Coventry and District Natural History and Scientific Society http://www.cdnhss.org.uk/
Warwick Natural History Society http://www.wnhs.info/
Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team http://www.wartsoc.co.uk/
Warwickshire badger Group http://www.badgerland.co.uk/badgergroups/midlands/warwickshirebadgergrou...
Warwickshire Bat Group http://www.warksbats.co.uk/
Warwickshire Dragonfly Group http://www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk/
Warwickshire Flora Group http://www.bsbi.org.uk/warwickshire.html
Warwickshire Fungus Survey http://freespace.virgin.net/william.moodie/wfs.htm
Warwickshire Mammal Group http://www.mammal.org.uk/
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust http://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/

Worcestershire
Bird Watchers in Worcestershire http://www.ispyabird.co.uk/members/county/worcestershire
Malvern Naturalists’ Field Club Telephone: 01684 575183
West Midland Bird Club: Worcestershire http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/worcestershire/
Worcestershire Biological Records Centre http://www.wbrc.org.uk/
Worcestershire Dragonflies http://dragonfliesofworcestershire.weebly.com/
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust http://www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/
Worcestershire Naturalists’ Club http://www.wnc.org.uk/

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wolvobirder's picture

Hi Joe,Please add the Black

Hi Joe,

Please add the Black Country and Staffordshire Naturalists (formerly Black Country Biodiversity Group) to the list http://bcsnats.wordpress.com/

[Edit] Also Staffordshire Invertebrate Group is missing http://www.staffs-ecology.org.uk/sig/index.php5?title=Main_Page

Many Thanks, John Griffiths

wolvobirder's picture

P.S. Thanks for the list

P.S. Thanks for the list. It is about time someone started to compile a list of all the different groups. There are probably other lists out there but this is the first one I have come across.

I don't know if you want to add local groups as well? If you do then there is Smestow Valley Bird Group as well http://smestowvalley.blogspot.co.uk/

Joe Botting's picture

Thanks for the additions

Many thanks for those - they're all added in. I have no problem with small, local groups being included - they're often the hardest to find, after all. I suspect it's only really among the birder population that these will exist, as there just isn't the volume of, say, millipedologists to support them...

Anyway, it's great to know that you've noticed the list, and hopefully someone will find it useful. I've come across a view lists hosted by local groups, but they tend to be affiliated groups only, or cover quite a small area. As you say, it seems an obvious thing to do...
Thanks again,
Joe

wolvobirder's picture

Broken hyperlink

Thanks Joe,

Could you just fix the link for the Black Country and Staffordshire Naturalists please as it isn't showing up as a hyperlink. I think it just needs a space between the ")" and the "h"

Many thanks, John.

Joe Botting's picture

done

Well spotted John; 'tis sorted now.
Joe