• 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.



Two new books available in the Website Shop, Common Bugs and Beetles and Common Butterflies and Day-flying Moths. £5.95 each

      Full colour photos throughout, and information and tips on how to find and identify them.

Bugs – includes Ladybirds, Shieldbugs, Ground Beetles and Flower Beetles
Butterflies – includes the common species seen in most parts of Britain

Visit the shop to buy them.

What to look for in June from the BNA

Dragonflies spend their larval stage of life under water (up to four years), feeding on just about anything including tadpoles, fish, insects and other insect larvae. Adult dragonflies, however, have a short lifespan and it is fascinating to see them flying around water, catching their prey or just basking in the sunshine at this time of year.

Photos: D. Farrar

Southern HawkerAeshna cyanea
Males are black with green and blue markings on the abdomen, they have a green face and blue eyes.

Black DarterSympetrum danae
A small dragonfly that is mostly black, with yellow spots along the sides.

Black-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum
The abdomen appears to be broad and flattened. Males have a pale blue abdomen with yellow spots on the sides and a dark tip.

Ruddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum
A crimson red dragonfly with a ‘waisted’ abdomen and black legs.

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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