Useful contacts

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is unable to take in or care for injured birds or animals. If you come across an sick/injured animal you should call the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital on 0116 279 3789 (Monday to Friday 9 - 5) or 07951 285366 (24 hour casualty helpline) or visit http://www.leicesterwildlifehospital.org/

Leicestershire and Rutland Badger Group is affiliated to the Trust. Contact details can be found at http://www.badgergroup.org.uk/

Leicestershire and Rutland Bat Group is also affiliated to the Trust. Contact is Jenny Harris on 01572 755274, (evenings and weekends) visit http://www.lrbatgroup.org.uk/ or the Bat Conservancy Trust at http://www.bats.org.uk/ or call their Bat Helpline on 0845 1300 228

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society website provides useful help and advice to those with sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs and maintains a list of rehabilitators in the UK

The Mammal Society website contains useful factsheets about british mammals http://www.mammal.org.uk/ including those you may encounter in your garden such as foxes and squirrels.

Rare or unusual bird sightings can be reported to the Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society at http://www.lros.org.uk/ Recent sightings are listed on their website.

Leicestershire & Rutland Dragonfly Group Please e-mail Ian Merrill, County Recorder at i.merrill@btopenworld.com

Leicestershire Fungus Study Group Organises evening meetings and fungus forays http://leicsfungi.btck.co.uk/

Rutland Natural History Society http://www.rnhs.org.uk/

Leicestershire Moth Group A non subscription group for anyone interested in moths in the area. Anyone is welcome to join the group on their organised events, or to submit their records to the records co-ordinator. Contact: Adrian Russell email adrian@wainscot.demon.co.uk

Birstall Birdwatching Club Organises indoor meetings and local walks. Contact: Ken Goodrich email kjgood532@aol.com

Botanical Society of the British Isles (VC55 Local Group) Arranges field meetings and indoor identification sessions with the use of microscopes in the Herbarium at Leicester University. http://bsbi.org/leicestershire

Leicestershire Amphibian and Reptile Network (LARN) An informal group of people interested in the recording and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. An occasional newsletter is produced. Contact: Andrew Heaton email aheaton@ntlworld.com

Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society (Natural History Section) holds indoor and outdoor meetings, and publishes a newsletter. www.le.ac.uk/litandphil/nh

Leicestershire Entomological Society Holds indoor meetings and publishes a newsletter. For more information contact Ray Morris email morris.w@btconnect.com

Loughborough Naturalists' Club Carries out surveys of Charnwood Forest and surrounding areas, holds evening meetings and field trips, and publishes a newsletter. http://www.loughboroughnats.org

Market Bosworth Natural History Society Holds a programme of both indoor and outdoor meetings. Also manages a wildflower meadow on Bosworth Park. Contact: Nick & Prue Crowley email jncrowley@btinternet.com

Hinckley Natural History Society - Meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month for talks and walks.  Contact David Goldsmith: telephone: 01455 613920  https://www.hinckleynaturalhistorysociety.com/