Founded in 1960, the Club was set up to promote the study and recording of wildlife in the Charnwood Forest and surrounding areas and encourage a wider interest in natural history including the conservation of wildlife, habitats and geological features.

We now have members whose individual interests range from Fungi, Spiders, Moths, Beetles, Dragonflies, Lichens and Mosses to Flowering Plants, Mammals and Birds.

The Main Aims of the Club are:

  • To record the Natural History of Charnwood Forest and surrounding areas (our records are put onto a database and support conservation projects in the area)
  • To exchange information between members and other groups through our quarterly bulletin ‘Heritage’.
  • To publish detailed Surveys and Studies of chosen areas in Charnwood Forest.

Our members share an interest in nature and observing and studying wildlife. We get real value from their observations by co-ordinating and compiling everyone’s records to build up a comprehensive picture of the state of wildlife in the area. This helps us understand how it is changing over time in response to the pressures of modern life and climate change.

We have been studying and documenting the natural history of our county for over 50 years. We endeavour to cover all branches of natural history relevant to Leicestershire and Rutland in VC55.

We encourage all wildlife recording. You can submit your records birds and for mammals, amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies.

We have access to a network of county wildlife recorders who are experts in their field and collate the records for specific groups, such as birds, mammals, insects and flowers. The reports are published in our quarterly journals, Heritage and are held on file at the LRERC at County Hall.