• 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.


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BNA Members Field Day

Join us at the home of Gilbert White in Selborne, Hampshire on Saturday 3rd August which will involve a tour of the house and gardens, and the opportunity to do some identification and recording in the home of the ‘Father of Ecology’. There will also be an opportunity to test the beers which are made in Gilbert’s own brew house, one of which is made to one of his recipes from 1765! 

Tickets – £12 (plus Eventbrite fees) available on this link:-


More information about the day is available by emailing – info@bna-naturalists.org


What to look for in July from the BNA

Photos: D. Farrar

July is one of the best months to see dragonflies as they are most active on warm sunny days. They have four wings which move independently enabling them to move upwards, downwards and even backwards. They are fascinating to watch as they catch their prey of smaller insects in mid-air, or just to see them resting in the sun.



Brown HawkerAeshna grandis. At around 74mm these are one of our largest dragonflies. Females are mostly brown with yellow lines along the abdomen, males also have small blue markings. They can be found close to woodlands and ponds where females lay their eggs.





Southern Hawker – Aeshna cyanea. Commonly seen around water, woodlands and often visiting garden ponds. They are mostly black; males have green spots on the upper abdomen and blue spots along the sides. Females are similar in appearance but do not have the blue spots.





Migrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta. Males are very dark with blue spots; they have a brown thorax with thin yellow lines. Females are brown with yellow spots. They breed in a variety of aquatic habitats and are also seen hunting along hedgerows and woodlands.





Four-spotted Chaser – Libellula quadrimaculata. Much small than the Hawkers between 39-48mm in size. These stunning golden-brown dragonflies are easily recognised by the dark spots on the edges of each wing. Also found around ponds, lakes woodlands and hedgerows. Both males and females are similar in appearance.


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