Nature London (McIlwraith Field Naturalists) is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of nature. Nature London members come from all walks of life and share a common interest in natural history
The origins of Nature London go back to 1864, with the founding of the London branch of the Entomological Society. In 1890 this insect-study group added sections devoted to botany, ornithology, geology, and microscopy. Only the ornithological section survived, changing its name in 1903 to the McIlwraith Ornithological Club, in 1965 to the McIlwraith Field Naturalists, and in 2009 to Nature London.
Nature London (The McIlwraith Field Naturalists of London, Ontario Inc.) offers a program of indoor meetings during the autumn, winter, and spring. Regular monthly meetings are usually held on the third Friday of the month and feature presentations on a wide variety of topics related to natural history and conservation. Birding Wing meetings, which cater to the particular interests of birders, are usually held on the fourth Friday of the month. Outdoor events provide an opportunity for members to observe local and regional natural history with assistance from experienced members.
Nature London works to protect threatened natural areas and takes action on other issues affecting the local environment. As part of Nature London’s commitment to conservation, the club owns an 11-hectare nature reserve, Cedarcroft, near Delaware.
In 2000, MFN became a founding member of the Thames Talbot Land Trust. Projects such as the Christmas Bird Count and the Butterfly Count in July encourage the study of local natural history.
Nature London is affiliated provincially with Ontario Nature (Federation of Ontario Naturalists) and nationally with Nature Canada (Canadian Nature Federation).
Volunteer with Nature London
P.O. Box 24008
London, ON N6H 5C4
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator