Tuesday 31st March : Maulden

Allan Octavian Hume and Alfred Russel Wallace: an insight into their extraordinary Asian bird collections, by Dr Robert Prys-Jones,Head of Bird Group British Natural History Museum. An inspiring talk about two of the greatest British ornithologists, partly based on Robertís original research.
At Maulden Village Hall, TL048380, at 8.00pm (B) MAP

To see our full events programme click HERE
Broad-bodied Chaser. © Keith Balmer New County Recorder for Dragonflies

We have a new County Recorder for Dragonflies from 1st January 2015. Please welcome Rory Morrisey to the role by sending him lots of records. His contact details can be found HERE. Many thanks to David and Karen Anderson who have retired from the role following long service.
Orchid Book flyer Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire

The book Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire is nearing completion and will soon be available for £20 + £3.75p&p

This will be a superbly illustrated and up-to-date account of Bedfordshire's 27 species of wild orchid flora. There is a flyer describing the contents of this exciting publication HERE.

The book will be launched at the Forest Centre, Marston Vale Millennium Country Park on Saturday 25th April, 2 - 4.30pm, where the authors will be signing copies.
Read about this exciting project on the Bedfordshire Orchid Group's blog
Sprintail Dicyrtomina saudersii © Keith Balmer Neglected Insects Conference

We held a one day conference on the "Neglected Insects of Bedfordshire" on the 15th November. Pictures of the event taken by John Pitts can be viewed in his photo stream HERE. (They start at this one).
Wild about Beds title, links to section in publications Wild About Beds

Click HERE to go to the publications panel for the Winter edition of Wild About Beds (WAB 173) our members' newsletter.
YounGnats with a Wood Mouse YounGnats Website

Our younger naturalists (YounGnats) have their own website where you can find out about the fun they are having, where they are meeting, and what they have discovered!

Adnoto Forms
Our online forms allow records to be sent directly to the relevant County Recorder as well as going into a database to allow your records to be retained, retrieved and mapped. If you have records to report for any of the following groups just click on the relevant picture below to send them in. To access all of Adnoto's facilities click HERE

Toad Bumblebee Peacock Grasshopper

Black-tailed Skimmer Fox Burnt Orchid Toad

Glow worm

Living Record Living Record
If you prefer the use the comprehensive online data system called Living Record it can be accessed HERE. It has an overview leaflet HERE.

Although centrally developed for use all over England, Wales and Scotland, it has a local flavour to it. Here we present the BNHS-branded portal for Bedfordshire and Luton naturalists to use.

Keith Balmer has written some introductory notes HERE.

Snapshot of Bedscape Bedscape Photo Archive
Help build this archive of our changing countryside by uploading photos of rural Bedfordshire to Bedscape. Old photos especially welcome.

Drawing of a badger recording. Links to page on how to record For the Record
The County Recorders will be glad to receive your records. If you are unsure how to record wildlife, this article may help you...
Photo of Painted Lady butterfly. Link to butterfly first-flights table First Flights
Check to see when each butterfly species was first spotted in 2015...

Here are several technological aids to help you with your recording:

Snapshot of Grab-a-Grid-Ref Grab a Grid Reference
from aerial photos and Ordnance Survey maps, Search by postcode or placename. Verifying grid refs. Overlay VC30 and Beds boundaries.
Snapshot of NBN Grid map BNHS Records Online
Map over 4300 species within 634,000 BNHS records on the NBN Gateway with our easy-to-use interface HERE.
Snapshot from Google Earth. Links to page on overlays Google Earth Overlays
We have a set of 1km squares, 10km squares, Bedfordshire boundary and VC30 layers for use in Google Earth.
Snapshot of Map Your Records Map Your Records
This simple tool lets you to plot a set of records in Google Earth, as squares or with markers. You can even define your own plotting styles.

Here is a selection of articles about some of our fascinating local species...

Photo of a hoverfly. Links to pages on hoverflies Hoverflies
Hoverflies are beautiful and fascinating and there is something to be seen all year round. John O'Sullivan helps us to get started...
Snapshot of a Bumbleebee. Links to page on bumblebees Bumblebees
Our Recorder for Bumbleebees, Colin Carpenter, introduces us to this group of familiar and interesting bees.
Snapshot of a scale Scale Insects
Chris Malumphy writes about this over-looked group of interesting insects that he has recorded in Bedfordshire. BJENH Paper added
Close-up of a lichen. Links to an article on common lichens Lichen Challenge
Can you help to put lichens on the map...?
Snapshot of a barkfly. Links to article Barkflies
Alan Outen has written an introductory article to this group of insects that you may not have noticed before.
Photo of a longhorn beetle. Links to pages on longhorns Longhorn Beetles
A short survey for these attractive beetles was run during 2006-8. Read about these species and what was found HERE

The society produces many quality publications such as a newsletter (Wild About Beds), books and two annual journals (the Bedfordshire Naturalist and the Bedfordshire Bird Report).

Snapshot of Wild About Beds 173 Wild About Beds No. 173 (Winter 2014/15)

Wild About Beds (the newsletter of the BNHS) no. 173 is now available.

Members that have opted-in will still receive a paper copy for their own archives, but these colour read-only versions are available to all online. Recent back issues: No.172 , No.171 , No.170 , No.169 , No.168 , No.167 , No.166 (The million-record map can also be viewed at high resolution HERE (3MBytes PNG). No.165

To avoid possible offence older back issues have been taken offline as they contained links to the old BedsLife website which is now under new ownership and contains adult material. Hopefully these will be restored once the PDFs can be edited.

Close-up journal part 1. Close-up journal part 2. Bedfordshire Naturalist 2013

The Society's journal, The Bedfordshire Naturalist 2013, published in two parts, has recently been distributed to members.

Part 1 covers species groups other than birds. Part 2 covers only birds.

Non-members may purchase copies for £10 each from Mary Sheridan or at a BNHS or Bird Club meeting.

BedsNats No. 1 Cover Cover of BedsNat 1998 1946-1998 Journals Online!

Copies of all Bedfordshire Naturalists for the period 1946 to 1998 are now available here online as searchable PDFs!

53 years worth of Bedfordshire wildlife history are available at the click of a mouse.

An amazing resource for education and research...!

Crested Cow-wheat The New Flora of Bedfordshire

The new county flora for Bedfordshire has now sold out.

To read more about this publication please click HERE.

Photo of cover of Bedfordshire Dragonflies book Grab one before it's too late...

Most copies of Steve Cham's book about the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Bedfordshire have now been distributed but a few are still available, at only £5 + P&P (originally £25).

To obtain your copy contact Peter Glenister

Copies are also available on most weekdays from the Wildlife Trust office in Priory Country Park Visitor Centre. Call 01234 364213 to reserve a copy and to check when someone will be there.

Fundraising and Offers:

Here are ways to help with raising funds for the BNHS and possibly also help yourself:

OneStopNature logo OneStopNature
BNHS members get 10% off microscopes or other items appropriate for invertebrates such as handlenses and magnifiers at the checkout of this online store.
The BNHS receives a further 10% as "cash-back" sent to the treasurer.
To obtain a checkout code contact our Treasurer or Membership Secretary.
Link to easyfundraising EasyFundraising
Purchase goods, or search the web, through EasyFundraising and the BNHS gets money!