Natural history societies


Being part of a natural history society or recording scheme is a fantastic way to meet people, learn new skills and help the environment.

Get involved with nature - join a natural history group

A natural history society exploring the natural world

There are hundreds of natural history groups in the UK, so whether you have an interest in birds, bumblebees or botany, or just a general love of nature, there's something for you.

Support for your society

OPAL and the Natural History Museum ran a support programme to help natural history groups.

Explore how we've helped societies and download our free resources with tips and guidance to help your society thrive.

Nature Groups Near You – add your group today

Do you run a UK wildlife group or recording scheme? Sign up to our free online directory, created with the Natural History Museum, to showcase your group and attract new members.


From running events to setting up recording schemes, use our resources to support your work.

Grants Scheme

Read about how the OPAL Grants Scheme benefited societies across the country.

Publicise your society

Find out how you can promote your work and attract new members through our events.


Create your own online nature survey with Indicia – it's free and easy to set up.