Website and Society news:
A tribute to Don Green who passed away on 12th November 2017 has been added HERE. (31/12/2017)
Membership rate rise
Membership rates from 1st January 2018 have changed. Please see details HERE. Remember to change your Standing Order if necessary (27/11/2017)
2016 Conference Proceedings
PDFs of the presentations made at the 2016 "Amazing Insects and Spiders in Bedfordshire" conference have been made available HERE (23/10/2017)
No more NBN Gateway maps
The NBN Trust switched off the NBN Gateway on 01/04/2017 (sadly not an April Fool's joke) so we are no longer able to provide maps of Bedfordshire species on this website.
Wild About Beds 182
The Newsletter Wild ABout Beds no. 182 has been added HERE (31/03/2017)
Events Programme updated
The events programme HERE has been updated with the latest additions (25/03/2017)
2014 Conference Proceedings
PDFs of the presentations made at the 2014 Neglected Insects conference have been made available HERE (25/09/2016)
New Mammal Recorder:
David Anderson is now our new County Recorder for Mammals (a role he has done before). His contact details are in the Contacts section. (18/03/2016)
New Hymenoptera Recorders:
Rosie Earwaker and Bex Cartwright have been appointed as joint Hymenoptera Recorders, focusing primarily on aculeates. (Colin Carpenter continues to be Recorder for Bumblebees. Their contact details are in the Contacts section. (18/03/2016)
Merged Moth Recordership:
David Manning has now retired from the role of Micro Moth Recorder. Andy and Melissa Banthorpe are now Recorders for moths of all sizes. Their contact details are in the Contacts section. (18/03/2016)
Online Tiger Beetle recording
A form has been added to the Adnoto recording system to allow Green Tiger Beetles to be recorded. This is a publicy-viewable survey. Click HERE to access Adnoto. (10/03/2016)
Online Tiger Moth recording
A form has been added to the Adnoto recording system to allow Tiger Moths to be recorded, with records going directly to Andy & Melissa Banthorpe. This is to support the Wildlife Trust BCN which is launching a three-county survey for them this spring. Click HERE to access Adnoto. (27/02/2016)
New Dragonfly Recorder:
We have a new County Recorder for Dragonflies. Please welcome Rory Morrisey to this role. His contact details are in the Contacts section.
Many thanks to David and Karen Anderson for their long service in this role and we wish them a happy "retirement".(01/01/2015)
New Lacewing Recorder:
New Spider Recorder:
Tom Thomas has been appointed as County Recorder for Spiders. His contact details can be found HERE . (15/12/13).
Online Orthoptera recording
A form has been added to our new Adnoto recording system to allow Orthoptera to be recorded, with records going directly to Kevin Sharpe, the County Recorder. Click HERE to access Adnoto. (13/06/2013)
Online Woodlice recording
A form has been added to our new Adnoto recording system to allow Woodlice to be recorded, with records going directly to Graham Bellamy, the County Recorder. The form is ideal for use with the FSC Woodlouse name trail chart. Click HERE to access Adnoto. (16/03/2013)
Online Glow Worm recording
A form has been added to our new Adnoto recording system to allow Glow Worms to be recorded. As we don't have a County Recorder for these this is a special survey visible to all in which the records will accrue. Click HERE to access Adnoto. (18/02/2013)
Online Herpetofauna recording
A form has been added to our new Adnoto recording system to allow Herpetofauna (Amphibians and Reptiles) records to be emailed directly to Helen Muir-Howie and also stored in the online database for you to retrieve and map whenever you wish. Click HERE to access Adnoto. (18/02/2013)
Online Mammal recording
A form has been added to our new Adnoto recording system to allow Mammal records to be emailed directly to Richard Lawrence and also stored in the online database for you to retrieve and map whenever you wish. Click HERE to access Adnoto. (31/01/2013)
A website for our younger naturalists (YounGnats) has been launched HERE (26/01/2013)
The online forms for submitting records of butterflies, dragonflies and orchids have migrated to a new system called Adnoto. Read more HERE (31/12/2012)
Alan Outen has written us an introductory article about barkflies that can be read HERE. (18/06/12)
Grab a Grid Ref
Grab-A-Grid-Reference has been updated to use Google Maps v3. If you find problems when using an up-to-date browser please report them to Keith (08/04/2012)
An obituary to Peter Taylor, a founder member of the Society, has been added HERE (12/01/12)
An obituary to Bernard Verdcourt, a founder member of the Society, has been added HERE (31/10/11)
A paper entitled "The scale insects and whiteflies (Hemiptera: Coccoidea, Aleyrodidae) of Bedfordshire" by C. Malumphy was published in The British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 23, 2010. has been linked to the scales article by kind permission of The British Entomological and Natural History Society, HERE. (08/02/11).
Electronic copies (searchable PDFs) of all Bedfordshire Naturalists from 1946 to 1998 inclusive have been produced and made available online HERE. (13/10/10).
Grab-A-Grid-Reference can now be resized to fit the browser window, allowing huge maps with high-resolution screens! Can also bookmark locations for future use. HERE. (28/09/10).
We have moved!:
This website is now hosted on our own webspace after many years of freeloading on others'. Hopefully everything is fully functional, but if you do find any problems please report them to the webmaster(01/07/10)
NBN Gateway maps
We now have a simple interface to access the 520,000 BNHS species records on the NBN Gateway and obtain distribution maps for any of the 4300 species they contain. The interface can be accessed HERE. (04/04/10).
[NOTE: The NBN Gateway was switched off on 01/04/2017 so this no longer works. Sorry.]
New Weevil Recorder:
Dr Wilf Powell has been appointed as County Recorder for Weevils. His contact details can be found here . (26/02/10).
Graham Bellamy has extended his role, formerly just recording crayfish, now recording all Crustacea. His contact details can be found here . (26/02/10).
Ordnance Survey Maps, Postcode searches and Placename searches have been added to Grab-a-Grid-Reference HERE. (06/12/09).
Map Your Records
A simple tool has been added to take tab-separated species records and plot them in Google Earth. Read more HERE. (01/11/09).
New Mollusc Recorder:
Peter Topley has been appointed as our new Mollusc Recorder. (17/09/09).
Chris Malumphy has written an article on the scale insects of Bedfordshire, which can be read HERE (10/06/09)
The ability to go directly to a grid reference has been added to Grab-A-Grid-Reference, as well as the ability to go to the marker's position, and fetch the marker to the current viewpoint. (28/03/09).
The means to get a grid reference directly from an aerial photo has been added HERE (26/02/09).
Longhorn Beetle Information:
Charts showing species data and distribution have been added to the Longhorn pages. (29/04/08)
Colin Carpenter, our new Bumblebee Recorder has written an article to get us started on this intersting group of insects, accessible HERE. (22/04/08)
New Bird Recorder:
Steve Blain has taken over the role of Bird Recorder, and would be pleased to receive your bird records. His contact details can be found in the Contacts section,
New Bat Recorder:
Bob Cornes as now taken over the role as County Recorder for Bats. His full contact details will eventually appear in the Contacts section, where his email address currently appears.
New Bumblebee Recorder:
We now have a County Recorder for Bumblebees! He is Colin Carpenter, well known to many of us in other roles. Please welcome him by sending him lots of records. His contact details can be found in the Contacts section.
Google Earth Overlays:
1km square, 10km square and Bedfordshire boundary overlays for use in Google earth have been provided HERE. (18/05/07)
A new section has been added containing documents relating to the operation of the society, accessed HERE. (14/05/07)
Longhorn Survey Report:
An updated report for the 2006 Longhorn Beetle Survey has been added to the Longhorn pages and is accesible directly HERE. The longhorn pages, gallery and submission forms have been updated to the current species nomenclature. (21/02/07).
New Macro Moth Recorders:
Andy and Melissa Banthorpe have been appointed as the new Macro Moth Recorders. Please welcome them to the role by sending in your 2006 macro moth records...! Their contact details are in the Contacts section (08/12/06).
For the Record:
An expanded version of the newsletter article "For the Record" explaining the contents of a good wildlife record has been added HERE(08/12/06).
Longhorn Beetle Survey:
You are invited to join a survey for Longhorn Beetles that indicate the quality of our woodlands. Details can be found HERE. (16/05/06)
Midwife Toad Survey:
Helen Muir-Howie invites us to take part in surveying the county for these enigmatic creatures. (05/04/06)
Changes have been made to increase accessibility:
Text can now be re-sized by using the browser menus or by holding CTRL while scrolling the mouse-wheel.
The website now fits into a screen width of 800 pixels without side-scrolling.
Alternative text has been added to all images.
Please report any accessibility problems to the Webmaster. (28/12/05)
Regular readers will notice the radical changes to the website. This new format is better suited to articles such as the Mistletoe Survey and Lichen Challenge pages. If you would like to submit material please send it to the Webmaster.
If you can offer a thumbnail for the missing images on the contacts page it will be very welcome.
The website has been tested with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
A page on the Mistletoe Survey, the first event in the 60th Anniversary celebrations has been added, alomg with guidelines and form for submitting records.
Martin Butler has thrown down the gauntlet to challenge us to find lichens. An article has been added to get us started.
New Hoverfly Recorder:
We have a new County Recorder for Hoverflies. Please welcome John O'Sullivan to this role. His contact details are in the Contacts section (31/08/05)