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  • The National Body for Naturalists

    Founded in 1905 with the sole aim of promoting the study of all branches of Natural History and continues to do so to this day
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WELCOME TO THE BNA WEBSITE

We hope you find it interesting and stimulating, and hope you will join the Association and swell the numbers of Britain’s Naturalists.

Join the BNA the national body for naturalists, founded in 1905, and extend your interest in the British countryside by taking part in a wide range of activities together with fellow enthusiasts of all ages. With the help of our experts, you will be able to learn more about our native flora and fauna and develop an in-depth understanding of how our natural world develops and changes increasingly important in view of the changes in our climate.

At national level, the BNA organises lectures and exhibitions, publishes Country-Side, British Naturalist, the BNA website and the BNA holds occasional conferences and Field Trips at a different location each year.

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What to look for in June from the BNA

Photos: D. Farrar

Whether you are out walking in woodlands or meadows, or even just spending time in your garden, this month is a perfect time to look out for wildlife. Birds are exceptionally busy, fledglings will be coming out of their nests waiting to be fed and there will be lots of insect activity.

 

Cinnabar Moth – Tyria jacobaeae. This beautiful red and black moth is fairly common, but as it is generally nocturnal, is not often seen during the day unless when emerging or has been disturbed from long grass. You are more likely to see the black and gold striped caterpillar of this moth feeding on Ragwort.

 

 

 

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle – Pyrochroa serraticornis. This bright red beetle can be found in hedgerows, woodlands, parks and gardens. They like to sunbathe on plants and feed on small insects. They have black legs and long, unusually serrated antennae.

 

 

 

Blue Tits – Cyanistes caeruleus. You may have seen these lovely blue, white and yellow birds flying around your garden, either with nesting material or food in their small black beaks. Blue Tits generally lay between 8 and 12 eggs, so if you have a nest box for them, make sure you look out for the fledglings popping out and count how many there are.

 

 

 

 

 

Honey Bee – Apis mellifera. Probably the most known bee in Britain, seen feeding on nectar and pollen from flowers in many habitats including gardens, parks and meadows. When a colony becomes too congested and when the queen is ready, she will leave the hive together with a swarm of worker bees to find a new home.

 

 

 

 

 

One year ago the Natural History Museum launched Nature Overheard - the UK’s first mass study on the impact of noise pollution on insects.

We are using innovative acoustic monitoring technology to isolate insect sounds from background noise and understand how insects may be changing the way they communicate in noisy environments.

This summer we are aiming to collect 1000 audio recordings from across the UK. This is where you step in!

To take part, all you need is a few spare minutes and a mobile phone.

In a 10m x 2m rectangle of greenspace parallel to any road:

  1. Record audio for 5 minutes
  2. Do a 15-minute insect survey, identifying any insects you see
  3. Upload your data online (by clicking the Nature Overheard link above)

We welcome multiple surveys on the same stretch of road if you can do this more than once. If each of you carries out three surveys on your local roads, even if it’s the same road on three separate occasions, that would give us a fantastic head-start.

Each audio recording you collect contributes to real scientific research that will directly inform how we make roads better for nature.

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