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.)


The invertebrate section aims to share knowledge and discover Bristol’s buglife through an ongoing program of field meetings, indoor seminars, workshops and talks. You don’t need to be an expert to join in at one of our events – we welcome all levels of experience and are happy to help interpret the wonderful world of insects to anyone with an interest.

We submit records of all species that we find to the Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre to help build up a picture of how Bristol’s Biodiversity is changing over time – which it certainly is. Even if you are not confident with coleoptera (the latin word for beetles), it might be you that catches the first species record for the county as new insects are turning up each year.

Sampling for invertebrates

Whether you would like to identify insects, network with naturalists or just curious about bugs why not come along and see what wonders there are to find crawling in the undergrowth? We are always eager to explore new areas so please let us know if you would like to us to arrange a field meeting near you.

Mike Hutchinson
Moth Broyles