Nature Societies Online is a database offering direct links to a wide variety of general natural history and subject specific organisations in Britain and Ireland. Local, county and national groups and societies are represented. Nature Societies Online is managed by Library and Information Services of the Natural History Museum.
The database has grown out of A Directory of Natural History and Related Societies in Britain and Ireland (compiled and edited by Audrey Meenan) and published by the British Museum (Natural History) in 1982. Since then some societies have grown in membership, some have disappeared or disbanded; some have changed their names; some have joined with other groups to form new ones. Keeping track of society's addresses has always been a challenge but the advent of the world wide web has enabled societies to create a presence and make themselves more accessible to a wider audience.
Nature Societies Online reflects the various changes societies have gone through and aims to provide a current link to a society's website or an indirect link to a third party website. Societies without a web link may be known to the Library but contact details are not available on Nature Societies Online at this time. The next phase of development will include contact details of societies that do not have a web link.
Website editors: You can easily deep link to the database if you want to create a custom search link. Use the following link code, substituting your area of activity for 'birds'. Test the link first to make sure that your term is a keyword we recognise.
The database is growing and changing and if you know of a society or group you would like to recommend to be added please send details to the Database administrator. Please include the URL and 'Nature Societies Online suggestion' in the subject line. Please email any corrections, comments or criticisms, or post to:Nature Societies Online