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.
Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire
The book Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire is nearing completion and can now be ordered at a special pre-publication price of £15 + £3.75p&p (Post-publication £20 + p&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, including an order form, 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
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
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.
Bedscape Photo Archive
Help build this archive of our changing countryside by uploading photos of rural Bedfordshire to Bedscape. Old photos especially welcome.
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...
Check to see when each butterfly species was first spotted in 2015...
Here are several technological aids to help you with your recording:
Grab a Grid Reference
from aerial photos and Ordnance Survey maps, Search by postcode or placename. Verifying grid refs. Overlay VC30 and Beds boundaries.
BNHS Records Online
Map over 4300 species within 634,000 BNHS records on the NBN Gateway with our easy-to-use interface HERE.
Google Earth Overlays
We have a set of 1km squares, 10km squares, Bedfordshire boundary and VC30 layers for use in Google Earth.
Here is a selection of articles about some of our fascinating local species...
Hoverflies are beautiful and fascinating and there is something to be seen all year round. John O'Sullivan helps us to get started...
Our Recorder for Bumbleebees, Colin Carpenter, introduces us to this group of familiar and interesting bees.
Chris Malumphy writes about this over-looked group of interesting insects that he has recorded in Bedfordshire. BJENH Paper added
Can you help to put lichens on the map...?
Alan Outen has written an introductory article to this group of insects that you may not have noticed before.
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).
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.
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.
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...!
The New Flora of Bedfordshire
The new county flora for Bedfordshire is now sold out, however there are a small number of copies that have been made up from mis-bound copies, with missing pages added as a loose section. These copies are for sale at just £5 from David Anderson at all BNHS and Bird Club Meetings.
To read more about this publication please click HERE.
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:
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.