How to Join the Society
Membership of Hamilton Natural History Society is £10 a year. To join us, download a membership form and return to the Treasurer with your payment.
Download a membership form here: HNHS Membership Form (pdf 5KB)
Activities for Members – FAQ
Thank you for joining Hamilton Natural History Society. Below is some information that you may find useful and answer any questions you may have.
Once you join us, you will be put on our mailing list to receive news and updates. Twice a year we send you information on our winter or summer programmes of activities. As a member, you receive invitations to private events and are entitled to vote at our (short!) AGM (usually held in October).
We hold a monthly programme of illustrated talks by guest speakers on Friday evenings. Entrance is £1, payable at the door and includes tea/coffee. Non-members are welcome to attend – so you can bring friends or family. Meetings start at 7.30pm and the hall is usually open from about 7.00pm onwards. We start with any society news and a wildlife spot (where members can report what they have been seeing) and talks last about one hour. We then break for tea 15-20 minutes and come back in for questions, finishing by 9.15pm.
Address: Hamilton Old Parish Church Halls, Leechlee Road, Hamilton ML3 6AQ
The halls are a five-minute walk from Hamilton Bus Station and Hamilton Central train station. There are trains every 15 minutes until about 11.30pm. We encourage our members to use public transport. Entrance off Leechlee Road (one-way street), left into Strathmore Road (also one-way) and immediate right into the car park.
The main door is at the back of the building. For security, the door is kept latched shut while we are in the building. When you arrive, there should be someone on door duty to let you in and welcome you. If not, please ring the bell at the left to attract their attention.
The building is wheelchair accessible, there are toilets available and the society will provide refreshments. Please contact us if there is anything else you require.
We run monthly Saturday outings to places of interest over the summer. Members will be sent more detailed information on these in advance.
These all-day trips tend to be further afield (journey approx 1 – 1½ hours from Hamilton, setting off 9.30am, return approx 5.30pm). Attendance is by booking only, with payment in advance (usually around £15). Non-members may attend if space is available (and pay £2 extra) but members get priority booking. You will need to bring a packed lunch but we aim to fit in regular comfort/tea stops.
Pick-up points are: Station Road, Strathaven; Graham Street, Hamilton and Beckford Street, Hamilton.
These are half-day outings closer to home (journey about ½ hour from Hamilton, setting off 1.00pm, return approx 5.00pm). Transport is by private car-share (pay drivers £2 petrol money), leaving from Graham Street, Hamilton. We visit areas such as nature reserves or local woodlands and aim to have a comfort/tea stop somewhere nearby before heading home.
HNHS Super-Spot Sessions
Each year, we run a small programme of short (1 hour), free, outdoor events in or near Hamilton, designed to let you practice and learn about the nature on your doorstep, with a cup of tea afterwards. It is an ideal introduction to what we do and open to non-members – just come along at the advertised time to take part. As part of our core aim of getting people to record their local wildlife, the society encourages members to take part in any “citizen science” projects that take their fancy and subjects can include:
Winter: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Spring: Botany Survey Summer: Big Butterfly Count Autumn: National Fungi Day
Members are notified of these activities. Get in touch if there are any subjects/locations you would like to see featured.
What to bring
On all our outdoor activities you will need: waterproofs; gloves and windproof clothing (which may be needed even in July!); sunscreen; appropriate footwear for uneven ground and muddy conditions; your camera, binoculars and/or mobile phone (if you have them but not essential) and some spare cash to buy teas/coffees.
The society exercises normal care in planning and conducting our outings; however members and visitors take part on the understanding that they do so at their own risk.