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Indoor Meetings

The Programme of Indoor Meetings starts with our joint meeting with the London Natural History Society and the Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture, details of which can be found on the society website. The annual exhibition continues at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn London on Saturday 14 November 2015. Identification Workshops and Open Days will be held at Dinton Pastures at weekends, and in addition two Identification Workshops will be held at the Natural History Museum, London also at weekends. The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 19 March 2016, again hosted by the Oxford University Museum, whose help in making their excellent facilities available is greatly appreciated.

The Graham and Helen Howarth Room at Dinton Pastures enables the Society to hold indoor meetings, with up to 36 people attending, in comfortable and pleasant surroundings in the same building as the Library and Collections Room. These facilities were formally opened on Sunday 22 April 2012. As well as BENHS events being held here it is hoped that affiliated groups and other entomological societies will also make use of the new accommodation to hold a variety of indoor and field meetings as well as workshops. To book these venues please contact Marc Taylor in the first instance (address at the end of this notice).

We are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund and OPAL for the laptop and digital imaging equipment, capable of being coupled to a suitable microscope, which is available for use in the Graham and Helen Howarth Room. This equipment enables workshop leaders to project images of specimens on the microscope stage during their presentations.

Council hopes that these arrangements will again prove popular and will be supported by new and long-standing members alike. These meetings are an excellent way to meet other entomologists and to hear about what is happening in the world of natural history. Members are encouraged to bring exhibits and to report any entomological news or interesting observations at the start of each meeting. The following list also includes the major annual events for those groups affiliated to BENHS, with additional information available via their web sites for those wishing to attend.

Lectures from September 2015 - September 2016

(Meetings marked in blue have already taken place but are included here for information.)

Wednesday 16 September 2015

The annual joint meeting with the London Natural History Society and Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture.

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October 2015

BWARS Autumn Meeting and AGM will be held over the weekend at the University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. There will be a varied programme with the AGM plus talks and workshops. Booking details via the BWARS website (

Saturday 24 October ‘ENTOMOLOGICAL OPPORTUNITIES’ A full day meeting at the Pelham-Clinton Building

The inaugural meeting of the BENHS Student Group, to be held in the Society's rooms at Dinton Pastures Country Park. A day of talks, including an introduction to the Society's library and collections. Since numbers are limited, registration (free) is essential. Registration details will be made available nearer the date.

Saturday 14 November 2015

BENHS Annual Exhibition and Dinner at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London Please bring exhibits to show your entomological discoveries for 2015 and previous years. You can discuss the highlights of the season with others who have similar interests, either in the exhibition hall or over dinner in the evening. For new members this is an excellent opportunity to make contact with other entomologists. A separate notice will be circulated to give details of the arrangements for this major event in the calendar of the Society.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2015 – Provisionally

Dipterists’ Forum Annual Meeting and AGM - Birmingham TBC. There will be a programme of talks, exhibits and other activities; details via Dipterists’ Bulletin or the Dipterists’ Forum web site (

Saturday 13 February 2016 : 10.30–17.00

Coleopterists’ Day at Oxford – The thirteenth Coleopterists’ Day will be held at the University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. Starting with talks in the morning there will also be updates on beetle recording and discussions. During the afternoon those attending can display exhibits on beetles, consult the library and collections, purchase publications from Pemberley Books or catch up with the latest beetle news. For further information about Coleoptera, including a check list and recording schemes see:

Saturday 27 February 2016

Hemipterists’ Day at Dinton Pastures – The fifth one-day event for Hemipterists will be held at Dinton Pastures with a mixture of talks and informal discussions, as well as an identification clinic to help with problem specimens. Please book with Marc Taylor so that we know in advance how many will be coming to this meeting. For further information about recording Hemiptera, including the National Recording Schemes, see:

Saturday 19 March 2016

BENHS Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address The Annual General Meeting reviews the activities of the Society over the preceding year before the President gives an address on a topic of her choice. The AGM will again be held as a Saturday daytime event (morning and afternoon), with talks, tours and discussions at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. Details of the programme and timings will be circulated later to members.

Thursday 31 March 2016 to Sunday 3 April 2016

BMIG Annual Field Meeting and AGM will be held at FSC Juniper Hall, Surrey. Please consult the BMIG web site for details (