11 JULY 1931, Page 14


London has always been a rug in urbe—at least on the Western side—and such places as Richmond are scarcely less rich in birds than a Norfolk Broad. Indeed, naturalists have been known to journey from the deep, deep country itself to London in order to see certain rare fowl. The nearest thing in London to the Norfolk Naturalists' Trust is the London Natural History Society, of which Lord Grey is President. Its membership is highly distinguished and representative. The list of its organized trips makes the mouth water of any botanist or ornithologist, mycologist or archaeologist. In

August next, for example, the Society visits the Tring Reser- voirs (which have no parallel the world over), the King George Reservoir, the Essex marshes, Black Park, and Dorking ; so that the bird-man, the bug,man and the plant-man may all benefit. The monthly meetings are held at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (one of the too little appre- ciated wonders of London) when the library and really. mar- vellous collections are open to members. All inquiries con- cerning membership or what not should be made of the Hon. Sec., A. B. Homblower, 91 Queen's Road, l3uckhurst Hill, Essex. A society that offers so much to any naturalist should be a godsend to "those whom towns immure." Incidentally, a model society of the sort was started by Charles Kingsley ; and as the Chester Natural History Society remains a model.