When you sit in your garden, go for a walk in your local park or on a trip to the countryside, are you aware of what is happening in nature round about you? Can you identify the birds, plants, trees or animals that you see and do you know how they interact with each other and vary with the time of day and season of the year? Would you like to learn more?

        Swans at Strathclyde Park    Wildflower Meadow    Kype Muir near Lambhill

We are a friendly and sociable group aiming to encourage an appreciation of all branches of natural history and related wider interests in geology, archaeology and history. Joining the society is an excellent way to begin or extend an interest in natural history and we cater for novices and experts alike. Based in Hamilton, we cover the Clyde Valley area including Motherwell, East Kilbride and Lanark.

 The aims of the Society are:

  • To study, observe and record the natural history and archaeology of the Clyde Valley. 
  • To relate the study of natural history to environmental factors. 
  • To foster the conservation of areas of special interest. 
  • To work in collaboration with organisations having similar aims.   


There has been a natural history group in Hamilton since 1891 and we think these aims are still useful and relevant to the community. In addition to the summer outings and winter talks programmes enjoyed by members, there are occasional practical tasks such as tree planting, wildflower seed sowing and wildlife surveying. Here on our website you can find details of forthcoming events, publications and information for new members. If you are trying to identify something, then contact us or use the resources checklist. If you have an interest in any aspect of natural history, come and join us.