Help and Advice


The following organisations/websites may be helpful if you are looking for specific information or advice. For example, looking for places to visit locally to see wildlife; training or events you can attend; or volunteering opportunities for doing something practical.

    Mallow   Orange Tip Butterfly   Meadow Cranesbill   Lily Beetle   Dog Rose    Snail


Hamilton Natural History Society encourages our members to report back wildlife sightings (we have a wildlife spot at our winter meetings and recording sheets on our summer outings). If you are a beginner, you will not need any specialist equipment to come on our outings as usually, other members will have brought along binoculars, guidebooks etc. which you are welcome to share. Local libraries usually hold a reasonable selection of guidebooks. Many organisations produce free information leaflets/ID guides which can be picked up at outdoor events, nature reserves etc. or downloaded/provided as apps or you can use one of the general websites such as iSpot or the Natural History Museum or one of the specialist/professional bodies.

Many of the organisations listed run "citizen science" projects, as the value of amateur sightings adds greatly to the professional records. Some have been going for many years such as the RSPB's "Big Garden Birdwatch", some are more recent such as the Society of Biology's "Flying Ant Survey". If you find something local you would like to report, either contact us (send a record of what you found, preferably with a digital photo - we do not advise collecting from the wild) or contact your local Countryside Ranger service or County Recorder

If you find a site not listed that you found useful - do let us know and we will add it. Also, if you are a local group who would like to be on the list/linked, then contact us at:


For info on local events, country parks, local parks, nature reserves, outdoor diary, museum collections, planning issues, Biodiversity Action Plan, Local Plan, Core Paths Plan etc., in our area:

South Lanarkshire Council

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture

North Lanarkshire Council

Glasgow City Council


For other natural history societies in central Scotland:

Glasgow Natural History Society

Edinburgh Natural History Society

Paisley Natural History Society

Stirling Field and Archaeology Society


To report wildlife crime / pollution:

Crimestoppers phone/text 0800 555111

Police Scotland 101

SEPA phone/text 0800 80 70 60


For general natural history:

Biological Recording in Scotland

Field Studies Council


Kelvingrove Museum/Resource Centre

National Museum of Scotland

Natural History Museum

Opal Scotland

Scotland's Rural College (was SAC)

Scottish Natural Heritage

Society for the History of Natural History

Society of Biology


For conservation / volunteering:

Baron's Haugh and Dalzell Woodlands

Beautiful Scotland

Central Scotland Forest Trust

Central Scotland Green Network

Central Scotland Green Network Trust (was CSFT)

Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

Community Links South Lanarkshire

Forest Education Initiative

Forestry Commission Scotland

Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network

Glasgow City of Science


Greenspace Scotland

Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Trust

John Muir Trust

National Trust for Scotland

NHS Greenspace Portal

Orchard Revival

Project Finder

Scottish Waterways Trust

Scottish Wildlife Trust

South Lanarkshire Biodiversity Partnership

The Conservation Volunteers (was BTCV)

Wildlife Gardening Forum

Woodland Trust Scotland



Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society

Birdtrack (BTO)

British Arachnological Society

British Dragonfly Society

British Entomological and Natural History Society

British Myriapod and Isopod Group

British Trust for Ornithology

Butterfly Conservation


Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Clyde Bat Group

Clyde River Foundation

Conchological Society

Dipterists Forum

Earthworm Society


Moths Count

Orthoptera Recording Scheme

Royal Entomological Society

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Scottish Badgers

Scottish Squirrel Survey

The Mammal Society

Scottish Ornithologists Club

Terrestrial Heteroptera Recording Scheme



Botanical Society of the British Isles

Scottish Section of the BSBI

Botanical Society of Scotland

British Lichen Society

British Mycological Society

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Plantlife International




The photos on this site were taken by HNHS.

Photo Credits: P. Crossan, P. Harrison, R. Harrison, J. Maxwell, F. Murdoch, C. Murdoch-Burt, M. Neil, M. Pink, N. Tait