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The Society has a library & three regular publications that are available free to members.

Generally known as “The Bulletin” this is the Society’s monthly newsletter – our way of keeping all members in touch with key events and news.

  • Details of Society and Section events happening each month, including joining instructions for meetings
  • Details of other local events that may be of interest to members
  • Latest news regarding wildlife and geology seen locally
  • Information regarding the running of the Society
  • Current issue and previous Bulletins are in the Member’s Area
  • Distributed to members 10 times per year

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. The journal also contains the Proceedings of the Society for the previous year.

  • Up to the minute reports and papers on the wildlife and geology of the local area
  • Authored by local experts in their fields
  • High quality photographs
  • The only publication of its type produced by any society locally
  • Distributed to members annually

The Avon Bird report is an award winning annual publication jointly funded by the Bristol Naturalists’ Society and the Bristol Ornithological Club

  • Species by species summary of the reports of every species found in the Bristol area
  • Papers summarising observations on the natural history and ecology of local birds
  • Annual report of bird ringing in the Bristol area
  • A selection of the year’s outstanding bird photographs
  • Distributed to members annually

Members Guide To The Society’s Library

Library Opening Times

Open to members on the first Saturday of each month from 10.30 a.m. till noon. Please bring a copy of the current BNS Bulletin to prove membership.

To book an appointment please contact the librarian.

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. During opening hours (see above) a Library Committee representative will be on duty to provide assistance.

Download a searchable xls file listing titles and authors held by the library (published since 1960) here

The BNS Library is housed in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road. For details on how to find and access the BNS Library please contact us.

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

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

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.

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