LNHG is an active and friendly local natural history group based within the Lorn region of Argyll. We hold regular walks, talks and events for our members and the public.

Join us for our Saturday field trips, open to members and non-members alike.  Explore new sites and improve your identification skills.

LNHG-icons_13We also hold Monthly talks all year round, normally on the second Tuesday of each month at Seil Island Hall, Ellenabeich.

LNHG-icons_03Browse our website for more information including how to join LNHG, field trip reports, our photo gallery  and our latest news.

LNHG-icons_08Get in touch with us using our contact form, through facebook or by email or phone.

Lorn Natural History Group is the Biological Records Centre for Main Argyll (vice-county 98) and records, collates and provides data for the region.

Our recording area, VC 98 Main Argyll, covers much of mainland Argyll. We are currently trying to increase the amount of data we have from under-recorded areas.

You can submit your records to us in a wide variety of ways – every record matters! Not sure of your grid reference? – use our grab a grid reference tool.

Find out more about the Scottish Biodiversity List  of flora, fauna and habitats, the EU Habitats Directive and Invasive Non-Native Species.


Species of the Month

Each month we nominate a species for members to look for. You can also look for species from the same month in previous years, as every record helps.


Field Trip Reports

View recent and archived reports of species seen on some of our previous field trips, along with photos.


Photo Gallery

We have built up a collection of photos of local species to help you identify your finds. Browse them by category.

Latest news from Lorn Natural History Group

below are the latest posts from our facebook page

Lorn Natural History Group

Our aim is to enjoy, study, conserve and promote awareness of natural history in Lorn and adjacent parts of Argyll. We organise field trips in all parts of Lorn, and hold monthly talks by local and national speakers on natural history topics. We co-operate with conservation organisations to preserve and maintain Lorn’s biodiversity, undertaking wildlife projects and building up a knowledge base of species distribution. We believe that by understanding the local ecology we can help promote awareness and protect the natural world we have to enjoy on our doorstep. We operate the biological records centre for vice-county 98 Main Argyll, which includes all of mainland Argyll except Kintyre and Morvern. It also includes the islands of Lismore, Kerrera, Seil, Easdale and Luing. Our data is uploaded to the National Biodiversity Network and is made available to SNH and to environmental consultants. We believe that planning and other land use decisions should be based on knowledge rather than ignorance. Photos posted on this group should include the date and location so that we can record the sighting. This will help with conservation of the species concerned and its habitat (or with appropriate action if it is a non-native invasive species). Wildlife photos that lack any information linking them to the local area are of no value to us and should be posted on a photography group instead. We welcome requests for identification of sightings from photos, provided they are from our area. You do not have to be a LNHG member to join this Facebook group, but we can't survive without membership fees so please consider joining LNHG, for just £10 per year. You can do this via the LNHG website www.lnhg.org.uk
Judith Witts
Judith WittsFriday, October 20th, 2017 at 2:25pm
The fungi I posted previously from the bole of my pollard were taken a couple of days ago - today they lol like this!
Judith Witts
Judith WittsSaturday, October 21st, 2017 at 10:35am
The garden is suddenly full of birds - a flock of Redwing on the hawthorn, Goldfinches and a Goldcrest.
Judith Witts
Judith WittsFriday, October 20th, 2017 at 10:21am
Some fungi which appear every year in my pollards willow stump and galls on fallen oak leaf. There are pairs of mating flies of some sort (could they be gooseberry sawfly?), tiny fungi in the woodpile and stinkhorn still coming
Lee Mckillop
Lee MckillopThursday, October 19th, 2017 at 10:48pm
Nice moth inside tonight
Carl Farmer
Carl FarmerWednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 9:53pm
Fox Moth caterpillar (Macrothylacia rubi), giving a clue as to the weather conditions
Carl Farmer
Carl FarmerThursday, October 19th, 2017 at 5:13pm
When Bárbara found one of these on a tree on our field trip on Saturday I had never seen anything like it and had no idea what it was. It turned out to be an Ensign Scale (thanks to Jan Wolfe for discovering this), a type of scale insect that has legs (most do not).
Yesterday I found a whole bunch of them of all sizes in a completely different habitat, deep in the damp core of a tuft of grass on the sandy beach at Tralee.
Annoying that there's no resource available for identifying British scale insects.


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