Volunteers improving the butterfly habitat 


Due to the developments of the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our walks and other events. We will resume when it is safe to do so
Our best wishes to you and your loved ones may you stay safe and well.

Left to itself, as a wilderness, it would soon deteriorate as rampant and invasive species crowd out the more sensitive plants, block pathways, and colonise the more open scrub and grassland. 

We are a group of volunteers that work with local naturalists and the Council’s ecology officer. We seek to preserve and enhance the natural habitats of Ham Lands and to provide information about the area so that more people can understand and appreciate this Local Nature Reserve. To learn more about the conservation work we do please click here 

We create habitats for wildlife and arrange walking tours to show the wide variety of flora and fauna.


We need your support

  • To protect our natural green space.
  • To maintain rich biodiversity.
  • There is an issue or concern that needs action.
  • To inform and inspire more people to care about nature.
  • To work with the Council to improve the area, create benefits for all users, engaging the interest in education for both adults and children about nature.
  • To raise awareness about the health benefits of being in nature 

You can also support our work by making donations, see below 


Learn more about Ham Lands


Join our meetings

We meet every second month on Wednesday at 7.30 pm. Arrive at 7.15 pm for tea and socializing at Ham Library community room.  

Meetings 2020 will be 11 March, 13 May,15 July, 16 September, 18 November.

We discuss how we can preserve and enhance the natural habitats of Ham Lands, organize volunteer work projects and guided walks to inform about the area so that more people can understand and appreciate this amazing place on our doorstep.

New people are very welcome to join our meetings

To get here by public transport: From Richmond or Kingston; bus 371 to Ashburnham Road, or bus 65 to Ham Common/Ham Gate Avenue and walk along Ham Street towards Ham Library (approx. 5-10mins). Ham Street, Richmond TW10 7HR. 


Help the butterflies 

Join us every second Saturday in each month 10 am to 12noon. We meet at Riverside Drive by the footpath to Teddington Lock.

Another way to learn more about Ham Lands is to join our project of improving the butterfly habitat. It's also a nice way to make new friends!

We are cutting back encroaching scrub to maintain sheltered open grassland areas and open woodland which are attractive to butterflies, and also maintaining some of the small footpaths through the scrub that is in danger of being overgrown. Areas, where this is necessary, have been identified by local naturalists and the Council’s ecology officer. 

Time:  10 am – 12 noon (or as long as you can stay)

Children are welcome but need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring their own gloves as we only have adult-sized gloves!

If you got gloves, secateurs, saws, and gloves please bring them and wear working clothes including strong and waterproof footwear. 


Nature safari 


 Guided wildflower walk, one of our very popular nature safaris 

We also organize guided walks with our local naturalist, for more information see our Nature Safari page


Click here to join our mailing list to stay update with our events.


Make a donation 

You can also support our work by making a donation.

Please click on the donate button below. You will be forwarded to a PayPal page where you can enter the amount and your preferred payment method (e.g. credit card or direct debit). Please use the comment field during the payment process to let us know you would like this donation to go to Friends of Ham Lands (FoHL).  



Conserving butterflies will improve our whole environment for wildlife and enrich the lives of people now and in the future. 

To learn more, why it's important to help the butterflies click here 


To visit Ham Lands

The nearest train stations are Richmond and Kingston, and the area is also served by the bus routes 65 and 371.

Or take bus R68 from Twickenham and walk over the bridge at Teddington Lock.

From Kingston 281 & 285 buss to Teddingon Lock.

From Richmond via Twickenham R68

Or from Twickenham, near Orleans House, Hammerton’s Ferry to Ham House.


Contact us

To contact us please email friendsofhamlands@hamunitedgroup.org.uk

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter 

If you like to learn what can be seen on Ham Lands, use the iNaturalist app and website to see what other people have seen, or upload your own pictures. iNaturalist is free and allows you to easily and quickly record all of your bird observations as well as several other taxonomic groups (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies, etc.).

You can also follow our own local naturalist on twitter.