Edinburgh Natural History Society is a small and friendly club, with an emphasis on enjoying all branches of natural history, including Geology.
Joining the 'Nats' is an excellent way to begin an interest in natural history, and many of our members stay with us for the rest of their lives. The society caters for novices and experts alike.
The society's main activities are year-round outdoor meetings, and monthly indoor meetings between September and April.
The Scottish Natural History Society was founded in 1881. While it also had a syllabus which included field meetings and lectures (which at first continued throughout the Summer) its emphasis might be described as slightly more academic. Throughout its independent existence it had among its office-bearers a galaxy of scientific talent, as the names indicate - viz. Professors J Cossar Ewart, Chair of Natural Philosophy, James Geikie, Chair of Geology, both of Edinburgh University; James W H Trail, Chair of Botany, Aberdeen University, and Dr B N Peach, the distinguished Geologist.
Many of the places to which we resort today for field meetings were well trodden by our forebears, who likewise were assiduous in seeking out areas of exploration such as Balerno, Penicuik, Tentsmuir, Coldingham, St Abbs, Hermitage and Aberlady Bay. With the ease of transportation we have been able to follow a more ambitious programme and visit such places as Farne Islands, Cairngorms, Dumfries & Galloway for weekend excursions.