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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 Bat Group:
Drawing of a bat.
Links to Bedfordshire Bat Group website

The Bedfordshire Bat Group 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 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

The Beds Bird Club is an associated part of the BNHS, and currently has more than 300 members. It 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. Annual reports keep members up to date on research and recording.

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Bedfordshire Flora Group:
Iberis amara (Wild Candytuft)

Initially formed to survey for Chris Boon's excellent Flora of Bedfordshire, the main focus now is to promote an interest in botany and to collect Bedfordshire records for the national BSBI Atlas Project.

Members of the group range in botanical skills from beginners to those with many years of experience. We hold several indoor meetings in the winter at which we review and plan, together with some classwork to enhance identification skills. In the summer we have a number of outdoor meetings to further those identification skills in the field, and conduct site surveys. All are welcome.

For further details email: John Wakely, or phone 07769 938567.

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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Bedfordshire Invertebrate Group:

The Beds Invertebrate Group (BIG) was launched in 2012 partly in order to facilitate the Neglected Insects in Beds initiative (which aims to encourage greater interest in insect groups previously not well-studied in the County and increase the records of these) but also so that those interested in invertebrates generally can meet up in the field for joint excursions. These excursions are not restricted to looking at neglected groups but include all invertebrates and we don't ignore other things we see either! Since the formation of the group we have held a number of very successful field visits with many new species have been added to the County. Most of these excursions have been on weekdays when we seem to get our best attendances but since 2014 the programme has included some excursions at weekends The number of these will depend on the level of support that they receive.

The meetings are a good opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and we all learn from one another and get the opportunity to see one another's finds. However no specialist expertise is necessary, just an interest in invertebrates, though clearly we greatly appreciate the expertise of many of those who are already members and more specialists would be especially welcome. Do come along and give the group a try.

Please let me know should you be interested in joining the group and I will add you to the mailing list.
Contact Alan R. Outen, (01462) 811374, email (Remove the XXX before sending (spam control)).

Bedfordshire Mammal Group:

Bedfordshire Mammal Group aims to study and conserve wild mammals in Bedfordshire through recording their distribution, studying their ecology, raising awareness, providing advice and getting people working together for wildlife. Its website is

To join the Bedfordshire Mammal Group, or for more information please email the BNHS Mammal Group Secretary.

Please report your mammal sightings and finds in Bedfordshire using the BNHS Adnoto system.

Photo of frog spawn. Links to BRAG website.

Bedfordshire Reptile and Amphibian Group, B.R.A.G, was formed in 2000. The group is involved with all of the different species of amphibians and reptiles to be found in Bedfordshire. It aims to promote their conservation, establish and monitor their distribution, and generally foster an interest in them.

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