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The Amateur Entomologists' Society is a society for those interested in insects (entomology). Many members also have a wider interest in natural history.

Our objective is to promote the study of entomology, especially amongst amateurs and the young.

We publish The Bulletin, a peer-reviewed journal, Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation, Invertebrate Conservation News and a magazine for our younger members, the Bug Club Magazine. We also issue a monthly email newsletter, where members can buy, sell or exchange entomological material. Members are encouraged to send articles and observations to the Society for publication in the journals.

The AES runs an Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair near London. The exhibition is the perfect place to buy entomological books, equipment or talk to like-minded individuals. Field meetings are held by study groups and by local groups of members. The Society holds its members' day every spring and other events throughout the year.

The Society also publishes a range of handbooks, leaflets and pamplets covering a range of different topics from Habitat Conservation for Insects to Rearing and Studying Stick and Leaf-insects.

The Society meets in a spirit of friendship and goodwill to share in all aspects of natural history, geology, the countryside, its scenery, its flora and fauna, its use, its buildings, its history, the activities of its inhabitants, etc. Almost nothing is excluded. 

The Society meets through the winter months of October to March when talks and presentations are given.

In the summer months outings to places of interest are arranged.

Please refer to the website for the schedule of meetings, venue, etc.

Atherstone Natural History Society was formed in 1972.  Indoor meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May and take place in Trinity Church, Coleshill Road, Atherstone when we usually have an illustrated talk.  These cover a wide range of natural history subjects.



The Scheme receives, collates and maps records from Britain and Ireland of members of the Auchenorrhyncha, a group of plant sap-feeding bugs that comprise the:




Froghoppers (spittlebugs)


The website ( contains lots of background information on recording and studying this group of insects. An annual newsletter can be downloaded from the website. A series of indentification workshops is run each year (see website for details). 

We are the leading NGO solely devoted to the conservation of bats and the landscapes on which they rely, our vision is of a world where bats and people thirve together.

Bats are unique and play a vital role in our environment but during the last century bat populations suffered severe declines. We are working to secure the future of bats in our ever changing world by tackling the threats to bats, from persecution to loss of roosts and changing land use.

Our work spans discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, taking practical conservation action and influencing policy to secure bat populations, and inspiring and engaging people with bats and bat conservation.

The BNHS was founded in 1946, its main function to record the fauna and flora of Bedfordshire.

The Society has over 20 active Recorders who cover many branches of natural history and whose annual reports are published in the annual journal, the Bedfordshire Naturalist.

There are also affiliated groups that focus on particular species groups. (See Affiliated Groups)

Events include field meetings to sites within the county having a natural history interest and occasionally further afield. During the winter months there are illustrated talks held around the county.

Membership is open to anyone, whether or not resident in the county. 

The bat group was founded by Andrew Watson one of a handful of people in Britain studying and conserving bats BC,  (Before Conservation as he puts it) in the 1950s and 60s. The bat group formed in mid 1980s as Berks Bat group with Paula Cox, trained by Andrew, then Reading & District in 1990 and finally Berks & South Bucks around 1998. Andrew effectively trained all of the original members to get the group off the ground.


Today the bat group is made up of a group of volunteers from all walks of life and with a variety of backgrounds, some of whom were originally trained by Andrew, but we are all equally batty about bats.


For any queries or details of upcoming events or becoming a member visit our website at



The Berkshire Moth Group is a friendly group dedicated to moth recording and conservation in the county. We organise regular monthly indoor meetings, held in Reading, as well as a series of field trips from spring to autumn. Members of the group record moths in their gardens, at nature reserves and beyond, with the records feeding in to the National Moth Recording Scheme and to the local records centre (TVERC). Anyone with an interest in moths is welcome to join, whether you are a beginner or a confirmed enthusiast!

Berkshire Ornithological Club was founded in 1947 to promote education and study of wild birds, their habitats and conservation in the Berkshire area.  Membership is open to anyone interested in birds and bird-watching, beginner or expert, local patch enthusiast or international twitcher.  The Club organises a full programme of events with indoor evening meetings and outdoor field meetings.  It publishes a regular Newsletter and a Berkshire Bird Report and is involved with bird surveys and conservation.

Indoor meetings are held during the autumn and winter season at the University of Reading on Wednesday evenings.  These are usually illustrated talks by local and visiting speakers drawn from the UK’s best-known ornithologists.  The Club also holds an annual photographic competition and occasional social events.

Field meetings, held throughout the year, range from short local walks to weekend visits to many top birdwatching sites locally and further afield, occasionally in Europe.

BrumBats is a lively and active bat group and new members are always welcome!


We run a range of events and training through the year, you can get involved with surveys, bat care, bat walks, talks and stands at shows. We offer training and workshops to help develop members' skills and knowledge about bats. For details of our events please check out the calendar on our website at:


BrumBats is a Partner Group of the Bat Conservation Trust and in conjunction with Natural England we undertake active roost visits and provide information to householders. We also participate in the National Bat Monitoring Programme with members undertaking a number of different surveys.


We have recently build a flight cage to help with bat care and rehabilitation and you can see details about this work and many more aspects of BrumBats activities on our website, follow us on Facebook and flickr


Our main aim is to enthuse others and to promote the recording of this species group in Sussex, and to appreciate these truly wonderful species. The recording of Dragonflies helps us better understand their distribution and the data goes on to help inform conservation management, they are also an indicator of the health of our wetlands and other aquatic habitats such as streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.

Membership to the group is free of charge! You will receive two e-newsletters a year, and the opportunity to go on several field trips, led by dragonfly enthusiasts. 

Whilst the Sussex Dragonfly Group is independent, it is also supportive of the National Society. Members are encouraged to join the British Dragonfly Society, for the modest subscription of £15 pa. Membership includes two issues of the informative newsletter and the annual, and more technical, research orientated 'Journal of the British Dragonfly Society.'

The BENHS was founded in 1872 as the South London Entomological and Natural History Society and since its inception has included many of the leading entomologists of the day. The membership of the Society has increased to include entomologists living all over the British Isles and abroad.

Our objectives are the promotion and advancement of research in entomology with an increasing emphasis now being placed on the conservation of the fauna and flora of the United Kingdom and the protection of wildlife throughout the world.

The BENHS engages in a variety of activities. Indoor Meetings are held at various locations and include lectures and discussions on a wide range of natural history subjects. Field Meetings are usually held during weekends from late April to October. The meetings cover a wide range of habitats across the country and include visits to sites where records are needed for site management purposes.

BPGS encourages and coordinates the study of plant galls, with particular reference to the British Isles.We have a gall recording scheme, publish keys to,and books about, plant galls, organise field meetings and gall gathering weekends, workshops on gall ecology, and offer identification services. Members receive our twice yearly bulletin 'Cecidology' and we participate in ispot. 

Our website is

Find us on Twitter @britgalls


The British Pteridological Society was founded in the Lake District in 1891 and soon became the focal point for fern enthusiasts throughout the British Isles. Today it continues to provide a wide range of information about ferns, through its web site and by publishing regular journals, leaflets and books, and organising formal talks, informal discussions and outdoor meetings. The international membership includes those interested in gardening, natural history and botany, both amateur and professional. It is a friendly society run on a voluntary basis.

The Objects of the Society are to promote all aspects of Pteridology by encouraging the appreciation, conservation, cultivation and scientific study of ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts through publications, meetings, the provision of grants and other appropriate means.

The Buckinghamshire Invertebrate Group (BIG) studies and records insects and other invertebrates in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. We organise field trips, indoor meetings and training events, and publish an annual bulletin and other resources. Members of the group have a wide range of interests, from microscopic rotifers to garden butterflies. To find out about BIG meetings and events, see our calendar and join our free mailing list. 

Butterfly Conservation is the UK charity dedicated to halting the rapid decline of butterflies and moths.

Butterflies and moths are important as they are sensitive to environmental change and their behaviour helps us assess the health of our countryside. Seven out of 10 species of butterfly are in decline and two-thirds of common larger moths have slumped during the last 40 years. This early warning to wildlife cannot be ignored.

Butterfly Conservation creates thriving landscapes fit for butterflies and moths. We run conservation programmes for more than 100 threatened species, manage more than 30 nature reserves and promote wildlife-friendly gardening. We carry out scientific research that advises landowners and farmers on how to conserve, create and restore important habitats for Lepidoptera and all wildlife.  With your support we can help struggling butterflies and moths recover and thrive.

You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Charity registered in England & Wales (254937) and in Scotland (SCO39268)

In November 2009 a group of naturalists met at Risley Moss and Cheshire Active Naturalists (CAN) was born.

The aim of the group is to further the understanding and enjoyment of the County's wildlife through training and recording. The ever increasing membership has amongst its ranks some of the most experienced active naturalists in the county and is proud to support the local records centre, rECOrd, in its quest to collect, validate, and disseminate data for the purpose of conservation. CAN is fortunate to have members that have been involved in the production of the last four County atlases; CAWOS Bird Atlas, Atlas of the Amphibians of Cheshire and Wirral, The Lichen Flora of Cheshire and Wirral, and The Mammals of Cheshire.  This will be valuable when CAN embarks on producing its first publication in the near future.

The CAN season runs from April to March and it is £30 to join for this period. We must stress that this covers as many courses as you want to attend though a small number of courses may be subject to limited numbers so be sure to book early.

Look at our website for the season's events, to get in touch or become a member.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @CheshActNat and like us on Facebook.

The Chichester Natural History Society was originally founded in 1872 and aims to study and record all branches of natural history. It consists of a friendly group of people from all walks of life who share an interest in conserving the flora and fauna of West Sussex focusing mainly on Chichester and the surrounding district. It is also involved in the management of Brandy Hole Copse Local Nature Reserve - a nature reserve located within the boundaries of Chichester.

Members of the Society are drawn from all walks of life but share a common interest in the natural history of West Sussex. Some members are experts in aspects of natural history, while others are newcomers to the subject. New members are always welcome.

Guest lecture evenings are held on Wednesdays in winter, and field outings are arranged throughout the year to various locations in West Sussex, and occasionally further afield. 

For news and events see

A group open to anybody with an interest in Cladocera (Water Fleas).

Most members are from the UK but others live as far apart as Scandanavia, Russia, China, America or Australia. Membership is free and open to all from amateur naturalists to professional research scientists. Our aim is to promote interest in water fleas, aid identification and stimulate recording of these fascinating creatures.

Our website gives help in all the areas above, has past newsletters to download. Members receive an emailed newsletter about twice a year.

Eventually we would like to start a recording scheme for Britain and Ireland and rewrite the existing FBA key. A provisional distribution atlas will be published on line shortly.