The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) is a registered charity whose aims have little changed since its formation in 1903: to promote study, interest and enjoyment in all branches of the Natural Sciences and History.
The Society normally runs an extensive programme of events throughout the year, including lectures, museum open days, exhibitions, study groups, field meetings, cultural visits and social activities. Click here to find out more about us and here for our upcoming events.
**** The BNSS Museum is currently closed due to Tier 4 restrictions / National Lockdown ****
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BNSS Launches 2021 Photographic CompetitionMarch 31, 2021
New Chair of Photography Eleni Dimitriou has launched the 2021 Photographic Competition with 3 categories Plants & Fungi, Landscapes and Wildlife. For full details see poster below.
Mosquitoes, covid-19 & dogsMarch 1, 2021
In a ‘Zoom’ talk in January entitled “From mosquito bites to sniffer dogs” new BNSS member and volunteer, entomologist Dr. Sophie Wulff, gave us insight into the work going on at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She started by describing what is known about how female mosquitoes detect humans in order […]
Solent Oyster Restoration ProjectSeptember 24, 2020
Dr. Luke Helmer gave an interesting talk via Zoom on trying to re-establish oysters in certain sites in the Solent on Tuesday 22nd September. Those of you who wish to follow up this research and make a contribution to his Virtual London to Monaco bike ride in support of the charity fighting to protect our […]
Lockdown Microscopy & Micrographic ArtAugust 27, 2020
As the BNSS is an associate member of the Quekett Microscopy Club, BNSS members are invited to enter either of two competitions as part of Quekex 2020 closing date 10th September 2020. The first competition is “Lockdown Microscopy“. The scope of this exhibition is deliberately wide to encourage as many people as possible to take […]
BNSS ‘goes green’ via ZoomJuly 17, 2020
The last few weeks has seen two talks with an ‘ecological bent’. First Patrick Abbot described a Green Economic Growth programme in Papua. Part funded through the UK Government’s Climate Change initiative, it aims to develop sustainable low carbon developments in two Indonesian provinces. In an area still with 93% forest cover, the Programme is […]
Student Art inspired by the BNSS
Second year BA (Hons) Fine Art students from the Arts University Bournemouth developed artworks in response to three partner organisations of which BNSS was one. Unfortunately, these did not result in public exhibitions due to the covid-19 pandemic. However, you can see some of student artists’ work here especially in the section on “Contemporary Artefacts” […]
Ocean Plastic, Plankton and LizardsMay 20, 2020
BNSS members have attended two Zoom lectures in the last two weeks on marine subjects and one of our members has submitted a film on lizards. On 19th May, Mary Thornton gave us a lecture on “Microplastics in Oceans” about the all girl crews researching ocean plastic pollution. This elicited a lively discussion after the […]
‘Zoom’ BNSS lecturesApril 30, 2020
On Tuesday 14th April BNSS launched its first ‘Zoom’ lecture by James Fradgley on “How the eye works – an astronomer’s perspective” followed on 21st April by: Ashley Leftwich on “Ancient Woodland – What is it, where is it and how do I know I am in it !!” and then on 28th April by: […]
Website Changes – members please contribute your news
We have been making a few changes to the website to make it more responsive to the current situation due to the covid-19 pandemic. This has been made possible with the help of our volunteer Richard Griffin who has run the website on a Raspberry Pi in order to troubleshoot the changes made. The major […]