Huntingdonshire Fauna and Flora Society

Welcome to the world of wildlife in Huntingdonshire!

Are you interested in finding out more about the wildlife around Huntingdon and Peterborough? Perhaps you are already sending records to one or more of the online sites such as iRecord or posting plant and animal photographs via a Facebook account or Twitter page. If so, why not join the Huntingdonshire Fauna & Flora Society?

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Portholme Meadow floodedFounded in 1948 the objective of the Society is to promote the study, conservation and recording of wildlife throughout Huntingdonshire and Peterborough.

If you are interested in finding out more about local wildlife, then we are here to help.

Flooding on Portholme Meadow, one of the many sites visited on summer field trips

Membership is open to all with an interest in the wildlife living in our local area. In the summer months specialists in groups of species, which include flowering plants, mammals, fungi, insects and all kinds of other invertebrates, visit specific sites. 

Grizzled Skipper butterfly

They are joined by enthusiastic amateurs, some with extensive knowledge and others just starting. Whilst most site visits are in the countryside around Huntingdon and Peterborough, they include areas in adjoining counties. Although we set out to record wildlife the meetings are informal and give an opportunity to learn and contribute to our better understanding of the value of our countryside and its conservation.

Grizzled skipper, a butterfly of ancient meadows.

In the winter months we meet in the Hinchingbrooke Countryside Centre where illustrated talks on natural history provide additional information. These are open meetings. Subjects range from bats, butterflies and birds, to natural history of nature reserves and the study of subjects such as phenology (seasonal rhythms in plant and animal life cycles). There is a small charge for non-members.

Flowering rush, a plant of river and lake sidesPublication of the results of research and survey form an important part of our contribution to the conservation of species and sites. Books describing the distribution of plants throughout our area and the wildlife of Brampton Wood are amongst the more recent.

Flowering rush, a plant of river and lakesides.


Just published (2019) is a book about the Orchid Flora of Huntingdonshire and the Soke of Peterborough. A book on butterflies is in preparation. Huntingdonshire Grasslands were the subject of a volume to commemorate the Society’s 60th birthday. Annual reports provide shorter descriptions of other interesting features of wildlife interest. Copies of some of these are available, see the publication list.

If you like what you see come to one of our meetings. If you would like to join us, membership forms are on this web site. Alternatively Contact:

Stuart Irons, Hon. Treasurer & Membership Secretary, 4 Appleyard, Stanground, Peterborough, PE2 8JH. phone: 01733 760441
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