British Naturalists’ Association

The National Body for Naturalists


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Saturday 6th May

At The Forest School  Epping


The price is all inclusive with access to the Conference lectures, field workshops and Encaenia - plus morning coffee, a buffet lunch with wine and afternoon tea.

BNA Members £20   

BNA Youth or child Family Member £10  

Member of an

Affiliated Society £26  

Young member of Affiliated Society £13

Non-members £30  

Non-member child    £15

Alternatively if you prefer to pay by post you may download a form to print off and send to us



The Forest School


London E17 3PY

By Underground

Snaresbrook Station (Central Line) is a 15 minute walk from the School.

Walthamstow Central Station (Victoria Line and over rail services) is a 10 minute taxi ride from the School.

By Rail

Wood Street Station: regular services from London Liverpool Street Station and a 20 minute walk from the School.

By Bus

The following bus routes service the local area.

20: Debden to Walthamstow

W12:Wanstead to Walthamstow

W13: Woodford Wells to Leytonstone

W14:  Woodford Bridge to Leyton

66: Services from Leytonstone to Romford

By Car

M11: Leave the M11 on the right hand fork at the end of the motorway signposted ‘North Circular Road, A406 West’ which joins the A406. Keep to the left hand lane and leave at the first exit (Waterworks roundabout) then follow the A104 (Woodford New Road) signposted Leytonstone. Go straight on at the first set of lights, and left at the second onto Snaresbrook Road. Take the first left into ‘The Forest’, which leads to the School gate.

Mike Majerus Memorial Lecture on Ladybirds

Among the 2017 conference speakers will be Professor Helen Roy & Dr Peter Brown, both major experts on ladybirds & editors of Professor Mike Majerus' posthumous book on his lifetime study of this group of beetles. Mike made such an impact on BNA with his passion for conveying information about wildlife, especially insects to naturalists of all ages, that it is hard to believe it is seven years since he died in January 2009.

We remember well Mike gaining his Hon Fellowship alongside Sir David Attenborough, Dr Max Hooper & Dr (later Prof) Oliver Rackham at the 2007 BNA Conference. What a fantastic line-up of speakers that was.

Helen & Peter will give the Mike Majerus Memorial Lecture ten years on from Mike's lecture. This is an appropriate time for they will be able to look back over the changes of ladybird populations, especially the harlequin from the UK Ladybird Survey, plus feature information from Mike's book. This is his lifetime's work on ladybirds updated to ensure it is current by Helen & Peter.

Professor Ted Benton FBNA talk on a Decade of Change for Bees

Ted is celebrated as that rare form of naturalist who is distinguished by having 2 Collins New Naturalist Library books by him, Bumblebees & Grasshoppers & Crickets.

He has a new book which will be published shortly before the BNA 2017 Conference – Solitary Bees a Naturalists’ Handbook published by Pelagic Publishing. As his  definitive Bumblebee book was published in 2006 that gives Ted the specialist's informed view of a "Decade of Change for Bees" for the subject of his talk over what has been a significant period for this most important & loved group of insects.

Field Activities & Workshops

BNA is delighted that Dr Chris Gibson FBNA will be leading a botanic field event. Chris is a naturalist of distinction reflected in him being presented with the BNA's David Bellamy Award by our President David at a BNA National Conference. Chris has just retired from his senior role in Natural England & is enjoying his "freedom", but confided in me that as you might expect, "he doesn't know how he had the time to work before as he is so busy!"


At the robed Encaenia new Grade Members will receive formal Recognition.. We look forward to welcoming them there.

Poster Presentations and Displays

In addition to the lectures, there will be poster presentations by members and displays in the Hall.

Forest School

As you know Forest School in addition to its great location in the Forest plus its stunning Hall and other facilities, look after us extremely well with their catering.

Professor George McGavin

will be the recipient of Peter Scott Memorial Award & give a talk at the conference.

Ticket type


The Conference Programme is available HERE >>

Little introduction of George McGavin is required. Who does not recall the David Attenborough series Life in the Undergrowth for which he was the Chief Scientific Consultant and the brilliant BBC series Expedition for which, as co-presenter of the series, he conducted three expeditions: Lost Land of the Jaguar , Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Tiger . He was the Presenter for BBC4’s multi award winning After Life - The Science of Decay … and the list goes on and on. He has written numerous books on insects and other animals and has, in fact, had several insect species named in his honour, about which he expresses the hope that they will survive him.