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Carlisle Natural History Society, established in 1893, has been studying the wildlife of Cumbria for over 100 years.

The society aims to encourage the study, enjoyment and knowledge of the animals and plants of Cumbria.

People of all ages, interests and abilities are welcome to join the Society.

Members of the Society receive:-

  • A full programme of lectures on Natural History subjects (see below)
  • A full programme of field meetings (see below)
  • The Carlisle Naturalist, issued twice yearly
  • Workshops on the identification of different wildlife groups
  • Access to the Society's library

Winter lectures cover a wide variety of natural history interests, both local and worldwide.

Indoor Meetings

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Street, Carlisle.
Meetings start promptly at 7.15pm (doors open at 6.50pm)

Field meetings

Meetings start from Carlisle College, Victoria Place, Carlisle. (Leaders may cancel meetings at this rendezvous if they consider circumstances unsuitable).

Members' own transport; places available for those without. Bring packed lunches for all meetings beginning before midday.

The "Carlisle Naturalist" is the newsletter of the Society; produced twice yearly, it keeps members up-to-date with Society news and events, and also contains articles, notes and records on the wildlife of the county.

The Society maintains a reference library of natural history books which may be borrowed by members. A list of titles is available from the Secretary.

A bibliography of Cumbrian natural history publications is being developed by Allen Armsby. Workshops on the identification of various wildlife groups enable members to extend their knowledge and have fun - from spotting shore-birds to sniffing snails, there is something for everyone!

Carlisle Natural History Society and Tullie House Museum have maintained a very close relationship for the last 100 years. The Society has always met in the Museum and many of the excellent collections in the Museum were donated by members of the Society.