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.
Upcoming Insects events
Lecture: The Insects of the Oak, the Sallow and the Hazel3rd April 2018 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Mark Spencer Mark has reared and studied many insects, over the last 52 years and is Chair of Entomology, at the BNSS. The first of a series of studies on Plants with insects that depend upon them.
Entomology Field Meeting: Knoll Gardens.27th April 2018 at 10am-4pm
Knoll Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Wimborne, BH217ND. Leader: Mark Spencer We have been offered a free visit to the gardens, on this day as BNSS members (please bring proof that you are a member of BNSS) We will also be showing the captures of the previous night’s mothing at the site on this day, weather on […]
Entomology Field Trip: Martin Down Nature Reserve29th April 2018 at 11.00am
Martin Down Nature Reserve. SU 037201 Leader: Mark Spencer We will meet in the car park off the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road. The walk we take will be on the flat, no steep slopes, though the paths may be a little rough and stony. We will first walk over the Chalk Downland site returning […]
Ecology Field Meeting: Dunyeats Heath, Broadstone6th May 2018 at 10.30am
Leader: Keith Clements Dunyeats Heath, Broadstone Entrance to heath opposite 15 Merryfield Drive, park in or near cul-de-sac. Emperor moth, Moths, Butterflies, Ants, reptiles & Birds
Lecture: The Secret life of Flies8th May 2018 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Dr Erica McAlister Erica is the senior curator of Diptera at the Natural History Museum, London. Erica is involved in a number of foreign mosquito projects but also finds time for public engagement on radio and science cafes. She has participated in Nature Lives, Night Safaris, and both childrens’ and Adult Dinosnores and also […]
Entomology Field Meeting: Martin Down Nature Reserve13th May 2018 at 10.30am
Leader: Mark Spencer Martin Down Nature Reserve. SU 037201 We will meet in the car park off the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road. The walk we will take will be on the flat, no steep slopes, though the paths may be a little rough and stony. We will first walk over the Chalk Downland site […]
Field Meeting: Down Farm27th May 2018 at 10.30am-3.30pm
DOWN FARM Field Meeting ST 999 149 Leadr : Bryan Popple Field Trip to look at Archaeology, Botany, History, Wildlife ecology, conservation etc. Turn off the A354 signposted Wimborne St Giles. Continue a short distance along this road. Take the tarmac lane on the right (signposted ‘Down Farm’). The farm is past the cottages on […]
Lecture: Moths by Families; why a Hawk or a Tiger?23rd June 2018 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Mark Spencer Mark is the BNSS Chair of Entomology and has studied insects for 52 Years. As a start for National Entomology Week: looking at the different families of Moths and their characteristics.
Entomology Field Meeting: Cerne Abbas24th June 2018 at 10.30am
Cerne Abbas Village Hall Car Park (and Picnic site) Kettle Road DT27GY. ST663014. Leader: Mark Spencer The car park is outside the village near to the hall and close to the Giant viewpoint. There are some very steep slopes on this site but we should be following the path around, but not for the unfit! […]
Lecture: Summer Flowers and Insects at Martin Down.26th June 2018 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Mark Spencer Mark is Chair of Entomology at the BNSS and has been an Amateur Entomologist for 52 years. A look at this Famous Local Nature Reserve and some of the Flora and Fauna it has to offer in the Summer months.
Entomology Workshop: Meet the Livestock: Discuss the pros and cons of captive breeding of arthropods, insects, spiders etc.27th June 2018 at 7.00-9.00pm
Leader: Mark Spencer This is in house at the BNSS and an EVENING EVENT to allow for people who would otherwise be at work or school if it was in the afternoon. If you are nervous around live creatures (despite how many legs) either let us know on the day, or give this one a […]
Lecture: President’s Address postponed. No Talk on Saturday 3rd MarchMarch 2, 2018
Unfortunately, the President’s Address has had to be postponed until a future date due to current adverse weather conditions. There will be no talk on Saturday 3rd March.
Insect Report 2013January 2, 2013
BNSS ENTOMOLOGY. LECTURES 2013. January29th. Some more insects in winter. A talk by the societies chairman about how many of our local insects spend the winter months, including those that hibernate and others that are very active at this time of year. February 16th. A simplified introduction to Entomology. A simple view, of the complex […]
Insects Report 2012January 1, 2012
BNSS. 2012 LECTURES. January 10th. Insects in winter. Mark Spencer. February 21st. New forest insects. Paul Brock. March 31st. Insects of the Sumatran rainforest. Jonathon McGowan. April 24th. Spiders and their lives. Simon Moore. June 26th. Some invertebrates of India. Jonathon McGowan. June 30th. Some insects at Martin Down. Mark Spencer. August 4th. Insects and […]
Insect Report 2011January 26, 2011
RECENT WORK AT THE BNSS. I am pleased to report that quite a lot has been achieved with Entomology at the BNSS during the last 12 months. Ben Limburn has done an immense amount of work to help preserve the large collections, from the ravages of pests such as the Museum Beetle, by tirelessly rotating […]