Exploring, recording & conserving nature in Rutland

The Rutland Natural History Society was founded in 1965.

It is a registered charity and membership organisation with these objectives:

To further the cause of Natural History;


To study, record and help preserve Rutland’s wildlife, in particular;


To meet and exchange information with other bodies, and to encourage all ages to take an interest in wildlife and its conservation.

RNHS Members are a group of people with a shared interest in the wildlife of our county and beyond.  There are currently around 200 members.  Recording wildlife has always been a key part of the Society’s activities as well as holding field trips throughout the year and stimulating talks in the winter months.

Everyone is welcome whether you are a beginner wishing to deepen your understanding of the natural world or an expert who can contribute to our recording community.  

Latest News

At RNHS, we regularly publish news & reports of our monthly meetings. Here are the last 4 reports

Outdoor Meeting: Merry’s Meadows

MERRY'S MEADOWS - Saturday 18th May 2024 It was a cool, overcast morning when 19 members and friends of the Society visited Merry’s Meadows on 18 May, but the sun appeared later to bring out the butterflies. Our visit was timed early in the year to catch the...

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Outdoor Meeting: Launde Park Wood

LAUNDE PARK WOOD (Saturday 27.04.24) A very cool and grey April morning, (7 degrees) and 11 x members, some longstanding, some quite new to RNHS, one guest, and leader Sarah Bedford Senior Reserves Officer, met at the gate to Launde Park Wood. Sarah introduced us to...

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Outdoor Meeting: Birding walk at Fort Henry

A walk at Fort Henry Ponds Exton with RNHS bird recorder Terry Mitcham. A magical gothic folly sitting beside a large lake, lies at the heart of Exton Park. Six stalwarts assembled at 9.30am on a cold, sunny morning by Fort Henry top lake where Tufted Duck, Gadwall,...

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