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The Society was founded way back in 1881 to encourage the study of natural history in the Reading area. Our members come from all around Reading but the ‘district’ is a very general area and members come from as far afield as South Oxfordshire, Maidenhead, Hook and Thatcham.

We meet for regular walks in and around Reading throughout the year and, during the winter, for fortnightly indoor meetings where we have guest speakers and illustrated talks.

The Society produces an annual publication “The Reading Naturalist” – this includes reports by the society’s recorders on botany, invertebrates, fungi and vertebrates. Recorders are always keen to receive significant records from anyone in the Reading area – both members and non-members. Before starting to keep records please contact us first, as to format etc.

The Society’s members are always pleased to place their knowledge at the disposal of those beginning to study various aspects of natural history. Any young enthusiast is encouraged to collect and submit records for inclusion in the Reading Naturalist.

Anyone with a particular natural history interest is especially welcome to join us and share that expertise with interested members. We are always looking for lively speakers and leaders for our outings to add to our ‘portfolio’.

Reading and District Natural History Society