Into the wilds…

We have talks on a range of subjects, covering all the phyla – amphibians, reptiles, fish and small invertebrates, through to mammals. Speakers range from students to professionals. Numerous field meetings take place throughout the year, usually visiting local nature reserves in Dorset and Hampshire. The BNSS Museum has many zoological exhibits from around the world.

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Upcoming Animals events

Lecture: The Secret World of Bats

2nd April 2019 at 7.30pm

Speaker: Sally Humphreys Sally is the founder of East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation. She will explore the world of these mysterious and frequently misunderstood mammals and explain the importance of the charity as being at the forefront of local bat care.

Lecture: Urban wild animals in Bournemouth

16th April 2019 at 7.30pm

Chairman: Jonathan MacGowan A look at our local reptiles, birds and mammals of the local conurbation, including big cats

Field Meeting: Looking for evidence of urban wild animals

18th April 2019 at 10.30am

Leader: Jonathan McGowan Meet at the car park at the Central drive part of Meyrick Park Crescent , off Wimborne Road. Bournemouth BH2 6PD SZ 08541 92475

Lecture: Amphibians, Frogs, Toads and Newts

11th May 2019 at 2.30pm

Speaker: Jonathan McGowan Where to find amphibians locally, and a look at their biology.

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: In the Company of Seahorses

25th May 2019 at 2.30pm

Speakers: Steve Trewhella and Julie Hatcher Steve and Julie’s love affair with British seahorses started, and has developed locally in Dorset, when they discovered the first pregnant male seahorse to be recorded in the UK. They have spent hundreds of hours observing both seahorses and the whole community of wildlife that lives alongside them.

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: 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: In the Company of Seahorses

4th June 2019 at 7.30pm

Speaker: Steve Trewhella and Julie Hatcher Steve and Julie’s love affair with British seahorses started, and has developed locally in Dorset, when they discovered the first pregnant male seahorse to be recorded in the UK. They have spent hundreds of hours observing both seahorses and the whole community of wildlife that lives alongside them.