Our Mission

The Bristol Naturalists’ Society exists to stimulate a greater awareness of natural history and geology in the Bristol area. It is a thriving and friendly Society with something of interest for everybody, young or old, professional or amateur.

It is actively involved in research and conservation. Each year its talks, trips and publications are enjoyed by hundreds of people wanting to find out more about our Natural World.


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The Bristol Naturalists’ Society hosts a large number of indoor and outdoor meetings throughout the year at which many eminent naturalists and geologists speak. These regularly attract large audiences and are free to members.

Each Society Section (Botany, Geology, Invertebrates, and Ornithology) has a varied and interesting programme of activities. This information is made available to all members in a monthly bulletin that is both delivered to their door and posted on this web site in the Members’ Area.


The activities of the Society are co-ordinated by an elected Council which oversees the day-to-day running of the Society, including the booking of speakers and field trips, the dissemination of Society news and information through the monthly bulletin, the Proceedings (Nature in Avon) and the Avon Bird Report, the running of the library and the administration of grants.

Council members are also responsible for managing the Society funds under the close scrutiny of the Charity Commission. Annual subscriptions are the Society’s biggest income and Council takes extreme care that this money is spent wisely to benefit the Society and its members. All Council members are volunteers, who are elected at the AGM each year.

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Need Funding for a Project?

The Society typically awards grants in the region of £500 for projects that meet the Society’s charitable aims of promoting research and education in natural history and it’s conservation in the Bristol region.