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The Bedfordshire Natural History Society (BNHS) promotes the study of all branches of natural history in the county. The society is here to help, encourage and support those with an interest in wildlife. An important function of the BNHS is to record the occurrence and distribution of the fauna and flora of the county.

The Society has an excellent record of publications which are based on the extensive fieldwork undertaken by our county Recorders, supported by the general membership of the Society.

Benefits of membership

The Members' programme includes field meetings to sites having a natural history interest within the county, and occasional meetings further afield. During the winter months there are illustrated talks, which are generally held at Maulden Village Hall. Workshops and conferences may also be held, giving opportunities to learn more about identifying and recording various species.

Members receive a quarterly newsletter, Wild about Beds, as well as the annual journal of the Society, The Bedfordshire Naturalist, published in two parts.*

Membership is open to everyone, whether resident in the county or not.

The Society depends on annual subscriptions which are devoted to carrying out its work, as all officers are Honorary.

Members may also join the Bird Club for an additional small subscription. This enables free access to the Bird Club meetings' programme and the newsletter, The Hobby.

* Associate and Student members do not receive copies of the Bedfordshire Naturalist.

Rates from 1st January 2018:

If you pay by standing order please ensure check that your payment is at the current rate

RateMembership Category
£19.00Ordinary Member
£7.00Associate Member (in household of member)
£13.00Senior Citizen
£8.00Student Member (18 or over - full time)
FREE!Student Member (Under 18)
£38.00Corporate Member
£6.00Additional Subscription for Bird Club membership per person

To apply for membership:

Return this Application Form together with your cheque.

Gift Aid:

Please help in this way if you can.
Are you a tax-payer? Simply signing a gift-aid form the society can add 25% to the value of your membership by getting some of your tax back from the Inland Revenue.

Download the explanation and simple form. (Word)