Bristol Naturalists’ Society and the Coronavirus Covid-19 Emergency, 25 March 2020.


Dear member,

In the current national emergency BNS Council has considered what is best for the Society and for its members.

As a consequence the following steps have been taken:

  • the Society’s Library has been closed since early March
  • all Society meetings have now been cancelled at least until the end of June, with the possibility of a further extension
  • the monthly Bulletin will continue, if at all possible, but in place of the information about meetings it will carry notes and observations by members on wildlife and geology
  • the publication and distribution of the annual publication Nature in Avon for 2019 may possibly be delayed to later in the year
  • improvements to the Society website are being actively pursued and implemented and greater use will be made of social media outlets (e.g., the Society’s Facebook group and Twitter feed) to provide information on local wildlife and geology
  • planning for a programme of indoor and field meetings for the autumn and winter will continue in anticipation of an improved national outlook.

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 the 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.

Ray Barnett

Chairman, BNS

AGM, Members’ Presentations & Future Plans

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The AGM will be as brief as possible and will be followed by reports of interesting and significant botanical finds in and close to the Bristol Region, by the BSBI recorders Helena Crouch (N Somerset, VC6) and Clive Lovatt (VC34, W Gloucestershire). There will also be other presentations by members.

Please advise Clive Lovatt and David Hawkins, by the week before if possible, if you would like us to allocate you some time. We should also be able to discuss plans for the year ahead, now that BSBI’s Atlas 2020 project is closed for records. BSBI have not (at the time of writing) released their future plans (nor, I think, drafts of the way Atlas 2020 will be made available) but we expect something to appear in the January 2020 edition of BSBI News. Early advice to vice county-recorders suggests an emphasis on ‘nice places’ and botanical education. Anticipating something like this, the botanical committee have resolved to make 2020 ‘the year of limestone grassland’. Anyone with botanical project plans would be welcome to discuss them.

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