Grange Nats

Grange and District Natural History Society

About us

The Grange and District Natural History Society, to use our full name, Grange Nats or GDNHS to our friends, is a long established local society for everyone with an interest in any aspect of nature.  You will find society members with interests in pretty much anything; birds, butterflies, plants, moths, mammals, fish, fungi, lichens, mosses, rocks, clouds, amphibians, dragonflies and more, as well as wider topics of conservation, ecology and rewilding.  Some are complete beginners, some recognised experts at regional and national level.

Grange is very fortunate to be close not just to the Lake District National Park, but also to many nature reserves including Foulshaw Moss with nesting ospreys, Humphrey Head with many rare plants (and peregrine falcons), the limestone pavements of Whitbarrow and Hampsfell, and the nationally important Roudsea Woods and Mosses.  The great RSPB reserve of Leighton Moss is just across the bay.

We visit many of these sites during the summer season of field trips, accompanied by our own experts and sometimes visiting ones, all of whom are happy to share their knowledge with the rest of us, particularly beginners.  We also sometimes have the opportunity to visit other sites some privately owned and not open to the public.  

In the winter we have a series of lectures , usually on alternate Fridays.  The programme can be found on the Events page.  They cover a wide range of topics of local and general interest as well as a chance to meet and chat. 

The annual membership is only £12 which covers all the lectures and field trips.  Guests are welcome at most events (unless numbers have to be limited) , for a charge of £3 to cover insurance and administration.

Full details are on the membership page or contact the Membership Secretary, Jan Maynard 

Birds Eye Primrose, Primula Farinosa
photo by John Adams

Female Black Darter, Sympetrum danae
photo by Ian Maynard