Are you a fan of the 19th Century

scientist, Charles Darwin?

If so, this website is for you!  


This website aims to draw together key publications, media and websites on Charles Darwin for the enthusiast.

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Around Downe….


•Help conserve Hang Grove fields, High Elms Estate,

Keston Common and other places of interest to

Darwin with the Bromley Countryside Volunteers


•Join in with the work of Friends of Keston Common,

on a site where Darwin studied sundew and earthworms


•Volunteer with Kent Wildlife Trust at Downe Bank

Nature Reserve, where Darwin studied orchids


•Help manage and survey London Wildlife Trust’s

West Kent Golf Course Nature Reserve, where Darwin

studied autumn gentian and other species


•Help out the Woodland Trust at Blackbush Shaw and Twenty Acre Shaw


•Volunteer your time in the grounds and house where Darwin spent forty years of his life with English Heritage


•Join the Orpington Field Club to survey for various plants and animals in the area


•Survey for birds with the RSPB (Bromley Branch)


•Got some wildlife records you’d like adding to the local ecological database?  Contact GIGL (Greenspace Information for Greater London)


In Shropshire….


•Join in with surveys and other conservation work with Shropshire Wildlife Trust


•Volunteer with Shropshire Council’s Countryside Service to conserve some of Shropshire’s countryside sites


•Work with Natural England to conserve Stiperstones


•Conserve the Long Mynd and other properties in the County with the National Trust


•Get involved with the Community Wildlife Groups  active in Shropshire


•Join in with field trips run by the Shropshire Botanical Society


•Survey for birds with the RSPB (Shropshire Branch & South Shropshire Branch) and Shropshire Ornithological Society


•Want to survey anything from bats to beetles? Visit the Shropshire Biodiversity Partnership webpages to find out about the different specialist flora and fauna groups active in the County


•Got some wildlife records you’d like adding to the local ecological database?  Contact SEDN (Shropshire Ecological Database Network)


Would you like to volunteer your time to help survey and conserve the Downe & Shropshire landscapes Darwin held dear?  Here are some ideas on how to get involved!