Photography Competition 2023

Thank you to everyone who entered the Photography Competition 2023.

View all the Adult Winners and all the Young Explorer entries HERE.

A photo book of all the Entries is now available to purchase at a cost of £12 per copy.

Image of the BNSS Photo Competition Book 2023
Photo Book 2023

With grateful thanks to Eleni Dimitriou, former Chair of Photography, for organising the Photography Competitions for 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Tony Grant
Chair of Photography

Bournemouth Bug Show 2024

We are pleased to announce that Bournemouth Natural Science Society will have a stand at this year’s Bournemouth Bug Show.

The event will take place on Sunday 2nd June 2024 at Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, BH21 3AP.

The Show stPoster for Bournemouth Bug Show with a crowd of cartoon bugsarts at 11:00am and closes at 4:00pm.

Enter the Raffle for a chance to WIN a year’s FREE MEMBERSHIP of BNSS!

Visit the Bournemouth Bug Show Website for full information and to BOOK YOUR TICKETS.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BAFTA Special Award for Dr Mick Donegan MBE

Photo of Dr Mick Donegan
Dr Mick Donegan, MBE

Dr Mick Donegan, founder and CEO, delivered a talk to BNSS in 2022 explaining how his UK gaming charity, SpecialEffect, helps people with challenging physical difficulties to access video games.

SpecialEffect has now been awarded a BAFTA Special Award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to games, film and television.

Our congratulations to Mick!

Read a full account about the BAFTA Award HERE.


Birthday cards from the Bournemouth Natural Science Society for BNSS Patron Dr Jane for her 90th!

Members of the Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) created Birthday cards for Dr Jane’s 90th Birthday. And a beautiful Jane Goodall Rose bush will be planted in the BNSS gardens to honour Jane Goodall’s 90th Birthday. Happy 90th Birthday Dr Jane from everyone at BNSS!

Read Birthday cards from the Bournemouth Natural Science Society for Dr Jane for her 90th! in full

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Great Big Dorset Hedge

Many of you will have attended the talk about the Great Big Dorset Hadge Project given by Julie Leah on Tuesday 3rd October.

More information about the project and how to volunteer for it was given in Julie’ last slides which you can view here

BrainFit: Further Information and Links

Holding human brain model with variety of healthy fresh food on the table. Concept of balanced nutrition for brain health

Following the Dr Sophia D. AMENYAH’s talk on 11th March she provides us with some information about events:

Healthy Life Healthy Brain Project

• Date: Wednesday 26th April 2023
• Time: 5-7pm
• Venue: Bournemouth Gateway Building, St Pauls Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8GP
• Refreshments will be provided
• We will share our experiences of the project and our key findings

Register for the event here


ADRC virtual coffee mornings

2nd Wednesday of the month

online via Zoom


A different presenter each month

Topics on healthier ageing and conditions that affect ageing

Q & A

Everyone welcome

Further Information or to book a place email or phone 01202 962526


Link to Sophia’s March 11th talk here

BNSS Garden Success

This summer Jill Abbot entered the BNSS Garden into Bournemouth in Bloom Competition. At the October presentations we were gratified to be awarded Tree of Excellence grading for our three tree submissions: our Loquat for Small Ornamental or Flowering Tree; our Tulip Tree for Champion Tree – notable for sheer size, age or heritage value, or an example of an uncommon species; our Sweet Chestnut for Tree Contributing to Bio-diversity – good for bees or provider of habitat or food source for bats, birds or mammals.

The latter actually won a trophy and plaque as the Overall Winner in the category.

We were also presented with a Gold Award for our back garden in the Environmentally Friendly Spaces category.

Recycle More, Waste Less links

Following the recent talk here are a number of links which may be of interest.

Recycling Video –

Bournemouth Repair Café – Bournemouth Repair Cafe – Transition Bournemouth (

Win on Waste – We’re winning on waste (

Dorset Scrapstore – Dorset Scrapstore For All Your Crafting Needs

BCP Council Recycling – Bins, waste and recycling (

Consistency in collections –  Consistency in collections | WRAP

Snakes in the Heather

Following on from our recent talk the following may be of interest.

Find out more and help conserve the smooth snake by:

How about this for a guided walk?

 Event type: Guided walk of Parley Common Nature Reserve

  • Date: Thursday 26th May
  • Start time: 10:00am
  • End time: 12:30 pm
  • Meeting point details: Meeting at the Centre, Ferndown. Address: Barns Road, Ferndown, BH22 8XH. The Centre is a community centre adjacent to Parley Common and we will meet in the car park.
  • What to bring: Stout footwear and trousers suitable for walking on ground that may be uneven at times; clothes appropriate for the weather conditions; sun cream; water and any snacks you may want!
  • Contact number: Owain: 07388 948442. Please ring me if you are running late on the day.

This walk will be a slow paced walk stopping to look at features of the heathland habitat as we talk through it. Maximum 12 spaces.

Mosquitoes, covid-19 & dogs

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 to obtain their blood meal. She then went on to tell us about experimental work in Africa showing how the malaria parasite which is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito can change human odour to make mosquitoes more attracted to malaria-infected children and potentially increase transmission. Since dogs have a sense of smell up many times better than us they have begun to be used by scientists to try and detect human diseases by odour. So far, there has been work on certain types of cancer, Type 1 diabetes and recently, and topically, on those infected with Covid-19. She described some ongoing trials involving LSHTM and Durham University (more detail here) and work published from France & Germany. Finland is currently using sniffer dogs at Helsinki airport in a test using swabs from passenger’s skin which takes only one minute (more here).

Lockdown Microscopy & Micrographic Art

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 part. There is no minimum requirement and entries can be as detailed as you choose to include an article, presentation or slideshow. In the second competition, Micrographic Art, the art can take any format. Drawing from microscope image for the purpose of recording as an alternative to photography, a photo, painting, textiles, model etc and should be accompanied by a title and description of the subject. Further details of both competitions here.


BNSS ‘goes green’ via Zoom

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 assisting local villagers and small businesses to set up systems for growing and marketing high value produce in a way that is compatible with maintaining the natural forest. In a partnership agreed between the UKCCU and the Indonesian Government, Patrick’s company provides expertise in research, technical assistance and skills development – more information here. Second, Bob Crooks talked about the staggering volumes of e-waste we are all producing and the metals used in electronic devices which we might need to mine rubbish dumps for. It made us all feel guilty about our own e-waste lurking in drawers in our homes – lecture details here

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” (from Steve Limburn, BNSS Education Officer)

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