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.)

Nature in Avon

The Society’s journal provides a platform for all members to submit their findings as short reports or academic papers and also to report on and publicise projects and events occurring in the region. It is published annually, in full colour and is delivered to all members as part of their subscription. The journal also contains the Proceedings of the Society for the previous year.

The Nature in Avon archive is on the Biodiversity Heritage Library Website at

Index with LIVE LINKS to the Proceedings/Nature in Avon Archive
updated 10/10/17
Index to BNS Archive v7.pdf
Index to BNS Archive v7.xls
(Index compiled by the late Richard Bland)

Current issue (2018)

BNS 78 FrontCover

Next Issue

Volume 79 (2019) will be published in June 2020.

Deadline for contributions to Volume 79 is 31 March 2020

NIA Authors Instructions

Receiving Editor: Dee Holladay

Editorial Committee: Ray Barnett, Tim Corner, Clive Lovatt, Alex Morss, Mark Pajak, Nick Wray.

Three issues are available here as PDF files

Nature in Avon Vol 74.pdf

Nature in Avon Vol 75.pdf

Nature in Avon Vol 76.pdf