• 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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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.




What to look for in October from the BNA

Fungi can be found in a variety of habitats and some can be seen at differing times of the year but as they like moist, damp conditions, autumn is an especially good time to find them. Photos: D. Farrar




Fly AgaricAmanita muscari.  The distinctive red of the caps make this fungi easy to spot. They might be found growing in groups or individually, around the base of birch or pine trees.



Common PuffballLycoperdon perlatum.  When young, the surface is white or cream but they turn brown with maturity. The surface is pitted with tiny pyramid shaped ‘pearls’. These can be found in woodland, meadows and hedgerows.




Blackening WaxcapHygrocybe conica. A small conical fungus which starts off bright orange in colour but turns black as it gets older. Commonly seen in grassland and often seen growing in garden lawns.



Lemon DiscoBisporella citrina. Also known as ‘yellow fairy cups’, this small disc shaped fungus grows on rotting deciduous wood, such as beech or oak forming dense clusters, turning orange with age.



Sulphur TuftHypholoma fasciculare. They occur in deciduous and coniferous woodlands, growing in tufts in large numbers. The caps are dome shaped but turn flatter with age, yellowish but browner in the centre.

Programme of Zoom Talks 2022
Given by experts from the BNA and the Natural History Museum

The talks will take place on the third Monday every month at approximately 7.30pm, the times will be confirmed nearer each date.

Click on this link to view BNA Zoom Talks part two

To take part in any of these talks please contact the

Chairman – honchairman.bnanaturalists@gmail.com

and more information and the joining details will be sent to you.

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