Bristol Naturalists’ Society and the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Emergency Update: 5th Sept 2020


Dear Member,

Following the Government’s relaxation of lockdown, we are now able to offer our members a small taste of normality.

As a consequence, the following will apply:

➤ The Society’s Library will be opening soon.  Booking is essential to preserve social distancing.  Contact the Librarian via for instructions.

➤ Some field meetings are being offered but on a limited basis to comply with Government guidelines, e.g., only six members can be present; see the Bulletin for details of each meeting.

➤ Improvements to the Society Website are being actively pursued and implemented so, in time, details of field meetings and talks will also be available on the Website.

➤ The venue for our Winter Lecture Programme is not fully open and therefore we are planning to deliver our Talks via a video link in order to keep members safe.  Members must also register their interest for any particular talk that they wish to attend and we will send you the necessary instructions.

If you are not able to attend field meetings, we wish all our members well in the coming months and hope you will be able to enjoy the natural world from wherever you are located despite any restrictions now in place.  Fortunately, geology and nature are always around us and taking an interest in them is both rewarding and therapeutic.

Please abide by all the government advice to stay safe and we look forward to seeing you again as soon as we are able to return to our usual extensive programme of walks and talks.

Lesley Cox (BNS Hon. Sec.)

Botanical Recording

Members are asked to send records annually to Pam Millman. Records are required not only for scarce and rare plants but also for common plants.Recording is based on kilometre squares identified by a four figure grid reference for example ST5072. These are easily picked out on any Ordinance Survey map. Later these records can be entered onto the national BSBI data base using the programme called Mapmate. This means that not only do you contribute your records for the BNS but also add to those input by people all over the country.

When we systematically survey one of these kilometre squares we usually fill in a record card printed with all wild plants expected in the region. This just involves marking with a line the names of everything you see. This may seem too much for some and as an alternative we have a simple sheet on which you can note your species seen.
As members of the BNS we have a responsibility to maintain a record of the wildlife of the region and we should like to ask you to consider working on a selected Kilometre square. The amount of time you are prepared to give is entirely up to you; even compiling a short list when you are out walking would be useful. You just need to know in which Km square you are in! We will certainly offer help over any plants you cannot identify.

Download your recording form here

Records could be e-mailed to