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

The Curlew

Event Details

Speaker: Mary Colwell

Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, Westbury Hill, Bristol, BS9 3AA

The Eurasian curlew is our largest wading bird and it is in serious decline. Numbers have fallen dramatically throughout Britain with the greatest losses in western and southern areas. In 2016 I walked 500 miles across Ireland and the UK to find out why they are disappearing and have since organised 4 national conferences. The evocative call of the curlew was once common above fields, meadows and moors but numbers have fallen by over 60% on average, even on the strongholds of the northern moors. In Ireland numbers are down by over 90% and in Wales by 80%. In southern England there are only 300 breeding pairs left and in 2018 we could only account for 6 fledged chicks. What are the main problems and what is being done?

This talk is an overview of the situation and an update on the most recent work to save them. Does the curlew have a future?

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