Our Activities

Indoor meetings

From October to April the RNHS holds monthly meetings at Voluntary Action Rutland (VAR), Lands End Way, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6RB.

Each month a lively and stimulating talk on wildlife subjects is given by experts in their own field. This is also the time when news of ongoing projects, sightings of wildlife and forthcoming attractions can be exchanged.

Meetings start at 7.30pm and finish around 9 pm and there is always time for refreshments afterwards—a good chance to meet your friends and make some new ones!

Field Study

The RNHS organises outings throughout the year to places of wildlife interest within the county, and sometimes further afield. Here you can learn more about plants and animals by seeing them in the wild with our wildlife experts. During the year, we might:

hunt for fungi; identify birdsong; track different animals by their signs; look for seasonal, and sometimes rare, plants.

No-one needs to be an expert! Just come along and enjoy the wildlife spectacle!


Rutland has a varied and rich natural environment, and we want to keep it that way. But Rutland’s wildlife, as everywhere in the country, is at risk from the problems of the modern world, such as pollution, land development and the loss of habitat.

Wildlife recording is one of the best ways to obtain information about the health of our environment and the wildlife in it. This in turn contributes to the planning of conservation measures to help ensure its survival.

The RNHS has a long tradition of wildlife recording to help gauge these changes in our natural world.

We publish regular newsletters (Field Fare November 2015 ) and an annual report. Our wildlife information contributes to county and national records.

All members of the society, whatever their expertise, are encouraged to participate. You can help by sending in records when you notice things, (such as the first swallow or cowslip) or you can join one of our recording groups to monitor amongst other things:

  • Roadside verges;
  • Orchids;
  • Glow worms



Some members keep a Club so strong, while others join just to belong.

Some dig right in, some serve with pride, some go along just for the ride.

Some volunteer to do their share, while others lay back and just don’t care.

Some do their best. Some help to make it. Some do nothing, only take it.

Some help the Club to grow and grow, when asked to help, they don’t say no.

Some drag, some pull, some don’t, some do.

Consider; which one of these is YOU.

(Origin unknown)