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.)


Updated 23.10.19

Member’s Guide to Using the Society’s Library


The Library of the Bristol Naturalists’ Society is a valuable resource. Few natural history societies can match the facilities and content of the library of over 3,000 books occupying some 500ft of shelf space. The Library is open twice a week, except Bank Holiday weekends, to BNS members (bring along current BNS Bulletin to prove membership) when a Library Committee representative will be on duty to provide assistance.

To see a list of titles and authors held by the library and published since 1960  Click here

Where is the Library?
The BNS Library is housed in the Bristol City Museum, Queens Road. For details on how to find and access the BNS Library within the Museum email:

If you require any assistance, please consult the always helpful reception staff.

How many books can I borrow?
Members of the Society may borrow up to six items for 60 days. Items may be renewed for an extra 30 days, at the discretion of the duty Librarian

Library Opening Times

Wednesdays 1-15 pm till 2.15 pm
Saturdays 10.15 am to 12-15 pm

Jim Webster Hon. Librarian

Library Telephone: 0117 922 3651 (during library opening hours only)


1 Members of the Society may borrow no more than six items for up to 60 days. Items may be renewed for a further 60 days, at the discretion of the duty Librarian.

2. Borrowers are fully responsible for the items borrowed and will be asked to pay for any loss or damage.