British Naturalists’ Association
The National Body for Naturalists
© The British Naturalists’ Association 2014
BRITISH NATURALISTS’ ASSOCIATION
Saturday 6th May
At The Forest School Epping
The price is all inclusive with access to the Conference lectures, field workshops
and Encaenia -
BNA Members £20
BNA Youth or child Family Member £10
Member of an
Affiliated Society £26
Young member of Affiliated Society £13
Alternatively if you prefer to pay by post you may download a form to print off and send to us
The Forest School
London E17 3PY
Snaresbrook Station (Central Line) is a 15 minute walk from the School.
Walthamstow Central Station (Victoria Line and over rail services) is a 10 minute taxi ride from the School.
Wood Street Station: regular services from London Liverpool Street Station and a 20 minute walk from the School.
The following bus routes service the local area.
20: Debden to Walthamstow
W12:Wanstead to Walthamstow
W13: Woodford Wells to Leytonstone
W14: Woodford Bridge to Leyton
66: Services from Leytonstone to Romford
M11: Leave the M11 on the right hand fork at the end of the motorway signposted ‘North Circular Road, A406 West’ which joins the A406. Keep to the left hand lane and leave at the first exit (Waterworks roundabout) then follow the A104 (Woodford New Road) signposted Leytonstone. Go straight on at the first set of lights, and left at the second onto Snaresbrook Road. Take the first left into ‘The Forest’, which leads to the School gate.
Mike Majerus Memorial Lecture on Ladybirds
Among the 2017 conference speakers will be Professor Helen Roy & Dr Peter Brown, both major experts on ladybirds & editors of Professor Mike Majerus' posthumous book on his lifetime study of this group of beetles. Mike made such an impact on BNA with his passion for conveying information about wildlife, especially insects to naturalists of all ages, that it is hard to believe it is seven years since he died in January 2009.
We remember well Mike gaining his Hon Fellowship alongside Sir David Attenborough,
Dr Max Hooper & Dr (later Prof) Oliver Rackham at the 2007 BNA Conference. What a
Helen & Peter will give the Mike Majerus Memorial Lecture ten years on from Mike's lecture. This is an appropriate time for they will be able to look back over the changes of ladybird populations, especially the harlequin from the UK Ladybird Survey, plus feature information from Mike's book. This is his lifetime's work on ladybirds updated to ensure it is current by Helen & Peter.
Professor Ted Benton FBNA talk on a Decade of Change for Bees
Ted is celebrated as that rare form of naturalist who is distinguished by having 2 Collins New Naturalist Library books by him, Bumblebees & Grasshoppers & Crickets.
He has a new book which will be published shortly before the BNA 2017 Conference – Solitary Bees a Naturalists’ Handbook published by Pelagic Publishing. As his definitive Bumblebee book was published in 2006 that gives Ted the specialist's informed view of a "Decade of Change for Bees" for the subject of his talk over what has been a significant period for this most important & loved group of insects.
Field Activities & Workshops
BNA is delighted that Dr Chris Gibson FBNA will be leading a botanic field event. Chris is a naturalist of distinction reflected in him being presented with the BNA's David Bellamy Award by our President David at a BNA National Conference. Chris has just retired from his senior role in Natural England & is enjoying his "freedom", but confided in me that as you might expect, "he doesn't know how he had the time to work before as he is so busy!"
At the robed Encaenia new Grade Members will receive formal Recognition.. We look forward to welcoming them there.
Poster Presentations and Displays
In addition to the lectures, there will be poster presentations by members and displays in the Hall.
As you know Forest School in addition to its great location in the Forest plus its stunning Hall and other facilities, look after us extremely well with their catering.
Professor George McGavin
will be the recipient of Peter Scott Memorial Award & give a talk at the conference.
The Conference Programme is available HERE >>
Little introduction of George McGavin is required. Who does not recall the David
Attenborough series Life in the Undergrowth for which he was the Chief Scientific
Consultant and the brilliant BBC series Expedition for which, as co-