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He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.  Socrates


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The Belfast Naturalists' Field Club was formed just over 150 years ago and is an eclectic mix of amateurs and professionals who are interested and enthusiastic about the natural sciences and the built environment.

The Club has four sections open to all members - Archaeology & History, Botany, Geology and Zoology.

You definitely don't need to be an expert to join. We welcome and encourage anyone who has an interest in the natural world to become a member. Memberships costs only £14.00 a year for adults, £1.00 for juniors and £5.00 for students.

Members have access to the experts who lead our Summer Field Trips as well as our series of Winter Lectures in the Ulster Museum.

Summer programme

...at a glance.

Further details can be found on the Programme page.


Saturday 6th - Carrickmore Area

Tuesday 9th - Members’ Night

Saturday 20th - Rathlin Island

Tuesday 23rd - Oakfield Glen and Bashfordsland Wood


Saturday 3rd - Portmore Lough

Tuesday 6th -

Divis & Black Mountain

Saturday 10th - Mountstewart

Thursday 15th to Monday 19th - Long Field Trip to Isle of Man

Saturday 24th -

Slievenacloy Nature Reserve


Tuesday 25th -

Newtownards Building Stones

Saturday 29th -

Coney Island, Lough Neagh


Saturday 5th - Murlough Nature Reserve with BCNI

Tuesday 8th -

Historic Belfast Buildings

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th

Fermanagh and South Donegal

Saturday 19th -

Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy and Waterfoot


Tuesday 5th -

Hands on rock identification

Saturday 16th -

The Cavan Burren

Saturday 30th -

Fungus Foray in Belvoir Forest.

Belshaw’s Quarry, May 2016