Decorative picture of a Lacewing
Groups affiliated to the BNHS

The following groups are affiliated to the BNHS and focus upon particular species, species groups or geology.

Much valuable research work is done by individuals and groups to record the distribution of various species, and also changing and vulnerable habitats around Bedfordshire. Results may be published, or used to develop management strategies in association with conservation bodies such as the Wildlife Trust.

New members are always welcome either to join in our meetings and visits, or to help our work. No experience is needed - you'll soon acquire it!

Bedfordshire Badger Network: Drawing of a badger. Links to Bedfordshire Badger Network Webpage
This group is affiliated to the BNHS and exists to monitor badger populations and distributions within the county.

It also advises on legal issues relating to badgers and comments upon development proposals where badgers may be affected.

For further information click HERE.

Bedfordshire Bat Group:
Drawing of a bat. Links to Bedfordshire Bat Group Website
This is affiliated to the Bedfordshire Natural History Society. It exists to protect bats within the county. It records bat distribution, surveys roost sites and takes care of injured bats.

The "Bats in Beds" newsletter is produced quarterly and has articles from members, updates on surveys and projects, and other bat news. An annual report is produced . Between March and October in 2006 over 800 volunteer hours were spent on surveys and other events.

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Bedfordshire Bird Club:
Beds Bird Club Logo. Links to Beds Bird Club Website
This is an associated part of the Natural History Society, and currently has over 300 members. It also runs an active and varied programme of meetings and trips.

The Hobby is published six times a year, and contains reports of significant bird sightings in the County, as well as members' contributions, and guides to the best birdwatching sites in Bedfordshire. An annual report is also published, keeping members up to date on research and recording.

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Bedfordshire Dormouse Group: Photo of dormice to illustrate the work of the group
The Bedfordshire Dormouse Group is affiliated to the Bedfordshire Natural History Society. Membership to the group is free and open to all.

It exists to study and conserve Hazel Dormice in Bedfordshire. The main activity is to monitor for the presence of Dormice by the use of Dormouse boxes located to encourage their use. To date there are 790 boxes on 25 sites. They are checked monthly from April to October, usually on a Saturday. A major re-introduction programme commenced in 2001.

To join the group or seek further information please contact Richard Lawrence.

Bedfordshire Geology Group:
Photo of a sand quarry. Links to BGS website.
The Bedfordshire Geology Group exists to encourage understanding of the geology and geomorphology of the county and to undertake site recording, interpretation, advice and education.

LGSs are Local Geology Sites. They are places that reveal our geological past and are considered Important enough to deserve conservation. They include sites where rocks can be seen (such as quarries and road cuttings) or where the geology or geological processes can be inferred from the shape of the landscape.

Official LGSs are recognised by Councils and by Natural England (the statutory nature conservation body of England).

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BRAG:
Photo of frog spawn. Links to BRAG website.
B.R.A.G, the Bedfordshire Reptile and Amphibian Group, was formed in 2000, and is affiliated to the Bedfordshire Natural History Society. It is involved with all of the different species of amphibians and reptiles to be found in Bedfordshire, and aims to promote their conservation, establish and monitor their distribution, and generally foster an interest in them.

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