Sunday 8th October : OLD WARDEN
10am (F) Joint meeting with Herts & Beds Fungi Group, Beds Natural History Society and a limited number of members of the public.Despite dry conditions this proved a productive site last year as well as an interesting venue.The site is charming early 19th century landscape garden, with plants from all over the world, ponds, bridges, rose arbours, miniature buildings, a grotto and fernery, and a tiny, thatched Swiss Cottage. The adjoining woodland and lakeside picnic area are also accessible to us. Meet at 10:00am in the Shuttleworth collection main car-park (SG18 9EP Grid Ref TL150448). The normal entrance charge (£8) is being waived for those attending this meeting but please ensure you are punctual in order that we can enter the site from the free car park as a group. If you are late you may have to pay the normal admission charge! There is a restaurant, bar, tea-room and toilet facilities are available and as there is plenty here to occupy people for the day you may wish to bring lunch or purchase refreshments there. Please book with Alan Outen to reserve your place before midnight Wednesday 4th October: firstname.lastname@example.org 01462 811374.Leader: Alan Outen. MAP
To see our full events programme click HERE
Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire
The book Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire is now published and available for £20 + £3.75p&p
It is a superbly illustrated and up-to-date account of Bedfordshire's 27 species of wild orchid flora. There is an order form and flyer describing the contents of this exciting publication HERE (.docx) and HERE (.pdf) .
The book was launched at the Forest Centre, Marston Vale Millennium Country Park on Saturday 25th April 2015 where the authors signed copies. Read about this exciting project on the Bedfordshire Orchid Group's blog
New: The book was reviewed in the British Wildlife magazine by Peter Marren. A copy of the review can be read HERE (.pdf).
Try before you buy? Copies of Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire can be purchased directly from a number of outlets across Beds and its neighbouring counties. If you prefer to browse through books before buying them then you may like to visit the following places where copies can be inspected and purchased:
Bedfordshire Silphidae (Carrion Beetles)
Andy Banthorpe has assembled information on Silphidae in Bedfordshire, including an identification key. If you have photos, catch one in a moth trap, or stumble across one in the field, have a go at ID'ing it and submit the record into the national recording scheme. See HERE for details.
2014 Conference Proceedings
We are delighted to be able to make available HERE the presentations given at the BNHS "Neglected Insects in Bedfordshire" conference held on 15th November 2014.
These are excellent for refreshing the memories of the attendees, and for showing everyone else what they missed...!
Since 1946 the BNHS has appointed experts in their groups to be County Recorders. As the title suggests they keep the county's records and help with identification when needed. They also produce an annual report for the Bedfordshire Naturalist and present a verbal report at the AGM. They will therefore be pleased to receive details of what you have seen. (If you need help with this there is an article HERE). Please do get in touch.
Our online forms allow records to be sent directly to the relevant County Recorder as well as going into a database to allow your records to be retained, retrieved and mapped. If you have records to report for any of the following groups just click on the relevant picture below to send them in. To access all of Adnoto's facilities click HERE
If you prefer the use the comprehensive online data system called Living Record it can be accessed HERE. It has an overview leaflet HERE.
Although centrally developed for use all over England, Wales and Scotland, it has a local flavour to it. Here we present the BNHS-branded portal for Bedfordshire and Luton naturalists to use.
Keith Balmer has written some introductory notes HERE.
Bedscape Photo Archive
Help build this archive of our changing countryside by uploading photos of rural Bedfordshire to Bedscape. Old photos especially welcome.
For the Record
The County Recorders will be glad to receive your records. If you are unsure how to record wildlife, this article may help you...
Check to see when each butterfly species was first spotted in 2017...
Here are several technological aids to help you with your recording:
Grab a Grid Reference
from aerial photos and Ordnance Survey maps, Search by postcode or placename. Verifying grid refs. Overlay VC30 and Beds boundaries.
BNHS Records Offline!
The NBN Trust has switched off the NBN Gateway so we can no longer get maps for Bedfordshire species! Sorry.
Google Earth Overlays
We have a set of 1km squares, 10km squares, Bedfordshire boundary and VC30 layers for use in Google Earth.
Map Your Records
This simple tool lets you to plot a set of records in Google Earth, as squares or with markers. You can even define your own plotting styles.
Here is a selection of articles about some of our fascinating local species...
Hoverflies are beautiful and fascinating and there is something to be seen all year round. John O'Sullivan helps us to get started...
Our Recorder for Bumbleebees, Colin Carpenter, introduces us to this group of familiar and interesting bees.
Chris Malumphy writes about this over-looked group of interesting insects that he has recorded in Bedfordshire. BJENH Paper added
Can you help to put lichens on the map...?
Alan Outen has written an introductory article to this group of insects that you may not have noticed before.
The society produces many quality publications such as a newsletter (Wild About Beds), books and two annual journals (the Bedfordshire Naturalist and the Bedfordshire Bird Report).
Wild About Beds No. 183 (Summer 2017)
Wild About Beds (the newsletter of the BNHS) no. 183 is now available.
Members that have opted-in will still receive a paper copy for their own archives, but these colour read-only versions are available to all online. Recent back issues: No.182, No.181, No.180, No.179, No.178, No.177, No.176, No.175, No.174, No.173, No.172, No.171, No.170, No.169, No.168, No.167, No.166 (The million-record map can also be viewed at high resolution HERE (3MBytes PNG). No.165
To avoid possible offence older back issues have been taken offline as they contained links to the old BedsLife website which is now under new ownership and contains adult material. Hopefully these will be restored once the PDFs can be edited.
Bedfordshire Naturalist 2015
The Society's journal, The Bedfordshire Naturalist 2015, published in two parts, has recently been distributed to members.
Part 1 covers species groups other than birds. Part 2 covers only birds.
Non-members may purchase copies for £10 each from Mary Sheridan or at a BNHS or Bird Club meeting.
1946-1998 Journals Online!
Copies of all Bedfordshire Naturalists for the period 1946 to 1998 are now available here online as searchable PDFs!
53 years worth of Bedfordshire wildlife history are available at the click of a mouse.
An amazing resource for education and research...!
The New Flora of Bedfordshire
The new county flora for Bedfordshire has now sold out.
To read more about this publication please click HERE.
Grab one before it's too late...
Most copies of Steve Cham's book about the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Bedfordshire have now been distributed but a few are still available, at only £5 + P&P (originally £25).
To obtain your copy contact Peter Glenister
Copies are also available on most weekdays from the Wildlife Trust office in Priory Country Park Visitor Centre. Call 01234 364213 to reserve a copy and to check when someone will be there.
Fundraising and Offers:
Here are ways to help with raising funds for the BNHS and possibly also help yourself:
BNHS members get 10% off microscopes or other items appropriate for invertebrates such as handlenses and magnifiers at the checkout of this online store.
The BNHS receives a further 10% as "cash-back" sent to the treasurer.
To obtain a checkout code contact our Treasurer or Membership Secretary.