Natural history societies consultation report

There is a common perception that many natural history societies are suffering from a decline in membership and have difficulty attracting young members.

Are natural history societies struggling?

Members of a natural history society

To investigate the facts, OPAL carried out a consultation in 2009 to learn more about natural history societies, their members and the way they work.

The results were encouraging, with 81% of responding groups either maintaining membership at the same level, or growing.

Are you a member of a natural history society? How does your group compare with our results?

What’s in the report?

  • Member analysis (age, gender and number)
  • Income and funding sources
  • Staff and volunteer recruitment
  • SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
  • Support requested by societies to help them improve their work.

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