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News...


Website and Society news:
Wild About Beds 191:
The Summer 2019 edition of our newsletter Wild About Beds (WAB 191) is now available. (07/07/2019)
Recording Neglected Insects:
Alan Outen has produced a guide to good sources of information for the identification and recording of a number of insect groups. Bex Cartwright has added details of social media resources that cover more than insects. The article can be found here. (18/05/2019)
New Sawfly site:
Our sawfly recorder, Andrew Green, has created a new website Sawflies(Symphyta) of Britain and Ireland (15/04/2019)
Events Programme updated:
The Events Programme has been updated to cover the period from now through 17th September 2019. (27/03/2019)
New Life Member:
We are pleased to announce that Alan Outen has been made a Life Member of the BNHS. (21/03/2019)
New Scientific Secretary:
Michael Roberts has been appointed as the new Scientific Secretary. (21/03/2019)
New Bird Club Chairman:
Richard Bashford has been appointed as Honorary Chairman of the Beds. Bird Club. (21/03/2019)
Guidelines for Recorders - update:
The Guidelines for Recorders has been updated in the Society Documents section (01/02/2019)
2016 Conference Proceedings Updated:
Martin Harvey has provided us with an annotated version of his 2016 Conference presentation Soldierflies & Bee-flies. This new version is now available from the 2016 conference page. (25/01/2019)
2018 Conference Slides:
2018 Insects Conference Presentations are now available from the 2018 Conference page. (13/01/2019)
Wild About Beds old issues restored:
All issues of Wild About Beds/Muntjac from Winter 2009/2010 are now available in the new Newsletter section. (15/11/2018)
Legitimate Interest Assessment - Recorders:
A document detailing the BNHS Legitimate Interest Assessment - recorders (Data protection) has been added to the Society Documents section. (07/11/2018)
Privacy Policy (Data protection):
A document detailing the BNHS Privacy Policy (Data protection) has been added to the Society Documents section. (03/08/2018)
Theed-Pearse Award:
A document detailing the annual Theed-Pearse Award has been added to the Society Documents section. (21/04/2018)
Don Green:
A tribute to Don Green who passed away on 12th November 2017 has been added HERE. (31/12/2017)
Membership Rates Rise:
Membership rates from 1st January 2018 have changed. Please see our Membership page. If you pay by Standing Order please remember to update it. (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 from the 2016 Conference page. (23/10/2017)
No more NBN Gateway maps:
The NBN Trust switched off the NBN Gateway, sadly not an April Fool's joke, so we are no longer able to provide maps of Bedfordshire species on this website. (01/04/2017)
2014 Conference Proceedings:
PDFs of the presentations made at the 2014 Neglected Insects conference have been made available from the 2014 Conference page. (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 Green Tiger Beetle Form. (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 Tiger Moth Form. (07/02/2016)
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:
We have a new County Recorder for Lacewings. Please welcome Melissa Banthorpe to this role. Her contact details are in the Contacts section.

Melissa has also started a new website for Lacewings and their allies http://picus.co.uk/bedslacewings/. (06/07/2014)
New Spider Recorder:
Tom Thomas has been appointed as County Recorder for Spiders. His contact details are in the Contacts section.
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 the County Recorder. Click Orthoptera Form. (2013)
Online Woodlouse recording:
A form has been added to our new Adnoto recording system to allow Woodlice to be recorded,with records going directly to the County Recorder. The form is ideal for use with the FSC Woodlouse name trail chart. Click Woodlouse Form. (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 have no County Recorder for these, this is a special survey visible to all in which the records will accrue. Click Glow Worm Form. (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 the County Recorder. Records will also be stored in the online database from which you may retrieve and map them. Click Herpetofauna Form. (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 the County Recorder Records will also be stored in the online database from which you may retrieve and map them. Click Mammal Form. (31/01/2013)
YounGnats website launched:
We have launched a website for our younger naturalists YounGnats. (26/01/2013)
Adnoto launched:
The online forms for submitting records of butterflies, dragonflies and orchids have been migrated to a new system called Adnoto. (31/12/2012)
Barkflies:
Alan Outen has written an introduction to Barkflies in Bedfordshire. (18/06/2012)
Grab a Grid Ref:
Grab-A-Grid-Reference has been updated to use Google Maps v3. Any problems should be reported to the webmaster. (08/04/2012)
Living Record:
The Living Record online recording system is now linked in to the BNHS website.

Please read the Introductory Notes. (06/04/2012)
Peter Taylor:
A founder member of the Society, Peter Taylor has died. (12/01/2012)
Bernard Verdcourt:
A founder member of the Society, Bernard Verdcourt has died. (31/10/2011)
Scales Paper:
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. The paper is now linked to the article Bedfordshire Scale Insects by kind permission of The British Entomological and Natural History Society. (08/02/2011)
Digital Journals:
Searchable PDF copies of all Bedfordshire Naturalist issues from 1946 through 1998 have been produced. They are available from the Digital Journals page. (13/10/2010)
Grab-A-Grid-Reference Enhancements:
Some new features have been added to Grab-A-Grid-Reference. You can now be resize it to fit the browser window, thus allowing huge maps with high-resolution screens! Locations can now be bookmarked for future use. (28/09/2010)
Grab-A-Grid-Ref Duo:
Postcode and Placename searches, and Ordnance Survey Maps have been added to Grab-a-Grid-Reference. (06/12/2009)
Map Your Records:
A simple tool, Map Your Records, has been added to take tab-separated species records and plot them in Google Earth. (01/11/2009)
New Mollusc Recorder:
Peter Topley has been appointed as our new Mollusc Recorder. His contact details can be found in the Contacts section. (17/09/2009)
Grab-A-Grid-Reference:
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. (28/03/2009)
Grab-A-Grid-Reference:
The means to get a grid reference directly from an aerial photo has been added to Grab-A-Grid-Reference. (26/02/2009)
Longhorn Beetle Information:
Charts showing species and distribution data have been added to the Bedfordshire Longhorn Beetles pages. (29/04/2008)
Bedfordshire Bumblebees:
Colin Carpenter, our new Bumblebee Recorder, has written an article Bedfordshire Bumblebees to get us started on this intersting group of insects. (22/04/2008)
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 has now taken over the role as County Recorder for Bats. His contact details can be found in the Contacts section.
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:
We now have downloadable Google Earth Overlays for the Bedfordshire boundary, 1km square, and 10km square. (18/05/2007)
Society Documents:
The Society Documents have moved. (30/03/2019)
Longhorn Survey Report:
There is an updated report for the 2006 Longhorn Beetle Survey. The Bedfordshire Longhorn Beetles, gallery and submission forms have been updated to the current species nomenclature. (21/02/2007)
For the Record:
The newsletter article For the Record that explains the contents of a good wildlife record has been updated. (08/12/2012)
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. (16/05/2006)
Midwife Toad Survey:
Helen Muir-Howie invites us to take part in surveying the county for these enigmatic creatures. (05/04/2006)
Hoverfly Pages:
John O'Sullivan has written an excellent article Bedfordshire Hoverflies that will help everyone to get started with hoverflies and a calendar of when to look for what. We have no excuses...! (25/01/2006)
Website accessibility:
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 issues to the Webmaster. (28/12/2005)
Mistletoe Survey:
A page on the Mistletoe Survey, the first event in the 60th Anniversary celebrations, has been added together with guidelines and forms for submitting records. (02/11/2005)
Lichen Challenge!:
Our County Recorder for Lichens, Martin Butler, has thrown down the gauntlet to challenge us to find lichens. He has added a page Lichen Challenge to get us started. (02/11/2005)
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. (31/08/2005)