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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 on the evening of Wednesday 11 September 2013 at the Natural History Museum, London. The Annual Exhibition moves this year to Kempton Park on Saturday 16 November 2013, while Workshops and Open Days will be held at Dinton Pastures at weekends, with four Workshops to be held at the Natural History Museum, London. The Annual General Meeting is on Saturday 29 March 2014, again hosted by the Oxford University Museum, whose help in making their excellent facilities available is greatly appreciated. Regional Meetings at Manchester and in Yorkshire have been arranged in conjunction with local organisations in 2014, and we are very grateful for their support and hospitality for these events. In each case, the programme for the days will include talks of interest to members from further afield as well as those residing nearby.

The recently-acquired 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 next to the Library and Collections Room. These facilities were formally opened on Sunday 22 April 2012, when members and guests enjoyed the opening ceremony followed by a buffet lunch. As well as BENHS events being hosted 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 Mike Edwards in the first instance (address at the end of this notice).

This year we are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund and OPAL for funding the purchase of a laptop and digital imaging equipment, capable of being coupled to a suitable microscope, for use in the Graham and Helen Howarth Room. Together with existing equipment this will enable workshop leaders to project images of specimens 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 2013 to September 2014

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

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Professor Jane Memmott will give the Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture entitled Pollinators in the Urban Jungle. The speaker heads a team at Bristol University researching pollinators in urban habitats funded under the UK Insect Pollinators Initiative. The lecture is the major part of the annual joint meeting with the London Natural History Society, this year hosted by the LNHS in the Flett Lecture Theatre, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD (about ten minutes walk from South Kensington underground station) at 18.00 for 18.30. Come to the side entrance for Museum staff in Exhibition Road no later than 18.15 in order to be taken to the lecture theatre in time for the start (the museum closes at 18.00 and so you will be escorted to the venue by a member of staff). Exhibits and communications are very welcome..

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2013

BWARS Autumn Meeting and AGM will be held over the week-end at the World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN. Bookings to Louise Hislop (louisehislop| by 5 July 2013 if possible. There will be a varied programme with the AGM plus talks and workshops, details via the BWARS website (

Saturday 16 November 2013 - BENHS Annual Exhibition and Dinner at Kempton Park

Please bring exhibits to show your entomological discoveries for 2013 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 23 and Sunday 24 November 2013

Dipterists’ Forum Annual Meeting and AGM will be held at the Natural History Museum, London on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November 2013. There will be a programme of talks, exhibits and other activities; details via Dipterists’ Bulletin or the Dipterists’ Forum web site (

Saturday 1 February 2014: 10.30–16.00

Coleopterists’ Day at Oxford – The eleventh 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 1 March 2014: 10.30–16.00

Hemipterists’ Day at Dinton Pastures – The third 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. Pemberley Books may be attending to make new and secondhand literature available. Please book with Mike Edwards 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 29 March 2014 - 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 University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. Details of the programme and timings will be circulated later to members.

April or May 2014

BMIG Annual Field Meeting and AGM will be held in April or May 2014. Please consult the BMIG web site for details (

Saturday 7 amd Sunday 8 June 2014

Two-day BENHS Regional Meeting at Manchester Museum. Organiser: Claudia Watts (regmtgsec| It is proposed to hold a regional meeting at Manchester Museum over the weekend of 7th and 8th June 2014. The topic and details of the weekend will be announced later and circulated in advance to members.

September 2014

Two-day BENHS Regional Meeting in Yorkshire. Organiser: Claudia Watts (regmtgsec| It is proposed to hold a regional meeting in Yorkshire over a weekend during September 2014. The topic and details of the weekend will be announced later and circulated in advance to members