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

Dundry Slopes: Grassland mosses and liverworts

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Leader: David Hawkins.
Following the success of our bryological jaunt around Leigh Woods back in March (and in the absence of a speaker this month), we have opted for a winter field meeting to look at the bryological interest of these North-facing slopes, which are steep in places.

The primary focus will be on the grassland bryoflora, but there will be some woodland species and epiphytes on show as well as we move down the slopes. The relatively scarce (and very minute) saxicolous moss Dwarf Rock-bristle (Seligeria pusilla) grows on limestone outcrops here, among many other more conspicuous species.  This can also be a good site for Waxcaps and other grassland fungi and has commanding views over Bristol.

Please convene in the Downs Road Car Park at ST556668, postcode for Satnav users BS41 8LQ, a hundred yards west of the church of St Michael the Archangel.

There will be no indoor meetings of the Botany Section in November or December this year.  The 4th Wednesday coincides with an important lecture meeting of the Geology Section on 27 November and we will be having a field meeting instead.  Wednesday 25 December is (of course) Christmas Day.  We understand that the Society has lined up a speaker with a botanical theme for a talk in December and expect that many who would otherwise come to
botany meetings should attend that.

Normal service will be resumed on Wednesday 22 January 2020 with a Member’s Evening including AGM, recorders’ reports and short presentations from members by prior arrangement with the Section Secretary.

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