• 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 August from the BNA

What to look for in August from the BNA

Butterflies love the warm weather and there are several species which can be seen flying during the month of August. Some prefer grassy meadows, others like to live in leafy, wooded areas and hedgerows, these common species have all been found in urban gardens. Photos: D. Farrar.

Gatekeeper – Pyronia tithonus  

Mostly orange and brown with a black spot in the corner of the forewing which as two white dots in the middle.



Common Blue –Polyommatus icarus

Undersides of the wing are mostly pale blue tinged with pale pink and pale brown with rows of orange and black spots.



Holly Blue – Celastrina argiolus

The undersides of the wings of Holly Blue are silvery blue in colour and speckled with black dots.



Small Copper – Lycaena phlaeas

The upper forewing is orange with black markings, the underwings are a much paler orange with dark spots.



Peacock – Inachis io

A common sight in gardens, the Peacock is unmistakeable with large eye-spots on the uppersides of its hindwings. The undersides are almost black, providing camouflage when resting.


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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