Creepy crawlies…

The Society has extensive collections of butterflies and moths from both the UK and abroad, with smaller collections of other insect groups, such as dragonflies and beetles. We have regular, well illustrated talks, throughout the year and field trips and mothings at local sites, through the summer months.

Orange Tip butterfly

Species List for Field Trips 2017
Species List for Field Trips 2016

Upcoming Insects events

Field Meeting: Martin Down

28th April 2019 at 10.30am

Leader: Mark Spencer Martin Down Nature Reserve. Map Ref SU 037201. Objective.  To observe any interesting Spring wildlife, especially butterflies and day flying moths. We will meet in the car park off the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road. Our walk over the site will be fairly flat, though be aware of loose stones on paths. […]

Field Meeting: Broadstone Heath

12th May 2019 at 10.30am

Leader Mark Spencer Guide; Keith Clements Broadstone Heath Objective: To observe resident species of insects and reptiles. Meet Broadstone Heath. Access is a side cul de sac off Merrifield Avenue, on right opposite House no 15. Park on side of Merrifield Ave. This is a moderate sized site with some steepish walking and is mostly […]

Lecture: Some more Living Wonders from Dorset Heaths, Coasts and Downland

21st May 2019 at 7.30pm

Speaker: Mark Spencer Looking at some Beautiful Insects in some of our Wonderful Local Habitats. Mark has spent 53 years as an Amateur Entomologist and as our present chair of this section loves to share his enthusiasm and knowledge.

Field Meeting: Martin Down

26th May 2019 at 10.30am

Leader: Mark Spencer Martin Down Nature Reserve Map Ref: SU 037201. Objective: To find and observe early summer flowers and target species Marsh Fritillary, Adonis Blue, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. We will meet in the car park off the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road. Our walk over the site will be fairly flat, though be […]

Field Meeting: Down Farm

16th June 2019 at 10.30am-3.30pm

Down Farm Field Meeting by courtesy of Martin Green Leader: Bryan Popple Visit to include a look into Martin Green’s private museum and a walk around the farm. Bring your own packed lunch and be prepared to make a donation. The afternoon will include a visit to the wildlife pond or a walk to investigate […]

Lecture: Creatures of Our Watery Habitats

22nd June 2019 at 2.30pm

Speaker: Mark Spencer Looking at insects associated with Ponds, Streams and Rivers. Mark is Chair of Entomology at the BNSS and has reared and studied insects for 53 years, both in captivity and in the Wild.

Field Meeting: Town Common Ponds

23rd June 2019 at 10.30am-3.30pm

Leader: Mark Spencer. Guide: Andrew Brown Town Common Ponds, Map ref: SZ136975 Park cars south of Avon causeway. Objective: To observe and record Dragonflies and Damselflies at the several ponds on this site.

Lecture: Some of My Favourite Exotic Arthropod Pets and How they can be Reared

25th June 2019 at 7.30pm

Speaker: Mark Spencer A chance to see some great exotics in detail and hear of the joys and failures encountered, in trying to rear them in captivity. Mark has studied and reared many species of Insects and a few Spiders, in the last 53 Years and has shown many to the Public, at various events […]

Entomology Workshop: Meet the livestock

26th June 2019 at 7.30pm (evening rather than afternoon meeting)

Leader: Mark Spencer Discuss the pros and cons of captive breeding of arthropods, Insects and spiders.

Lecture: Grasshoppers & Crickets

29th June 2019 at 2.30pm

Speaker: Jonathan MacGowan Exploring grasshoppers and crickets from UK and around the world.

Field Meeting: Martin Down Nature Reserve

30th June 2019 at 10.30am

Leader: Mark Spencer Martin Down Nature Reserve, Map ref: SU 037201. Objective: To find and observe mid-summer plants and insects, target species, Dark green Fritillary, Burnet and Forester moths and Scarlet Tiger moths. We will meet in the car park off the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road. Our walk over the site will be fairly flat, […]