• 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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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 February from the BNA

Photos: D. Farrar

The weather can still be very cold but February is the shortest month of the year and Spring is just around the corner. There’s a lot to see and a walk in the countryside, a woodland or even a park or garden can be very enjoyable. Trees are producing their buds, spring flowers are appearing and birdsong can be heard, so wrap up warm and see what you can find.



Common Frog – Rana temporaria. Frogs can emerge from their hibernation in late February and will move into any available ponds. They will be ready to mate so you might even spot frog spawn at the end of the month.





Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos major. These beautiful black and white birds are more often heard than seen. Their ‘drumming’ sound can be heard in woodlands and is used for communication and marking territories. They feed on insects and grubs by probing their tongues into tree trunks. It is very rare that they eat on the ground but you might be lucky enough to entice them onto your garden bird feeders with berries and nuts.




Snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis. Snowdrops are a sure sign that Spring is on its way, flowering begins in January but they are at their best in February. Although they are grown in our gardens and parks, they look stunning in woodlands where they carpet the ground.




Nuthatch – Sitta europaea. Like the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch are a woodland species, and as there are no leaves on the trees, now is a good time to look for them. You might hear them tapping on the bark of trees with their beak or trying to break open a nut, they love peanuts so often appear on bird feeders in gardens.

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