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 section welcomes participation in all our events from any members with an interest in birds, whether expert or beginner. Hopefully less experienced birders will find that joining our field meetings is a good way to learn from those who have been active in the field for rather longer. The confidence gained might encourage you to contribute to one of the many surveys.

Siskin & Goldfinch

We run field meetings to sites of ornithological interest, mostly local to the Bristol area, during every month of the year except August.
Portbury walk
Indoor meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month from October to March inclusive. They will usually take place at Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church (BS9 3AA) and start at 7.30pm.

The section is involved in both local and national surveys. Nationally we participate in the ongoing BTO surveys including the Breeding Bird Survey, the Winter Farmland Bird Survey, the annual Heron count, annual wader counts, Garden Birdwatch and the Nest Record Card scheme.

There are always Breeding Bird Survey squares that need surveyors. Do contact Dave Stoddard, whose details are below, if you can help. Training and helpful advice is provided to prospective surveyors.

Locally we are involved in an annual count of Avon Rookeries, we monitor overwintering Blackcaps, we do a Winter Garden Survey which has now run for twenty five years, and we do Winter Bird Counts as well as helping with the Peregrine Watch on the Downs in the summer

President: Giles Morris
Contact details: 01275 373917
Secretary: Lesley Cox
Contact details: 07786 437528



BBS Contact : Dave Stoddard

tel 0117 9246968

23 Claremont Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8JD.                  * Not previously surveyed