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

Andes and Amazon + AGM

Event Details

The short Ornithology Section AGM will be followed by an “in-house” talk by Giles Morris

This is an account of the wildlife and habitats seen on a visit to Peru and Ecuador in 2016. It will focus on the wildlife of three main ecosystems: the high Andes in Peru, the cloud forest in Ecuador and the tropical rainforest of the Napo River in Ecuador. The diversity of the avifauna in these areas is staggering and many of the birds are spectacularly colourful but the talk will also try to give a flavour of the vegetation and other animal groups in these areas, as well as touching on the influence of the human population.

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