The Programme of Indoor Meetings starts with the London Natural History Society joint meeting and Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture on the evening of Tuesday 11 September 2012 at The Natural History Museum, London. The Annual Exhibition remains at Imperial College on Saturday 3 November 2012, while Workshops and Open Days will be held at Dinton Pastures at weekends, with three Workshops to be held at the Natural History Museum. The Annual General Meeting is on Saturday 23 March 2013, again hosted by the Oxford University Museum, whose help in making their excellent facilities available is greatly appreciated. Regional Meetings at Plymouth, Devon and in Glasgow and a Special Meeting at Bath University have been arranged in conjunction with local organisations in 2013, and we are very grateful for their support and hospitality for these events. In each case, the programme for the day will include talks of interest to members from further afield as well as those residing nearby.
The newly-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 Ian McLean in the first instance (address at the end of this notice).
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 2012 to September 2013
(Meetings marked in blue have already taken place but are included
here for information.)
Tuesday 11 September 2012
Phil Sterling (Dorset) will give the Brad Ashby Memorial Lecture entitled Small is the New Big: the future for micro-moth recording in Britain. The speaker is the first author of the new field guide to British micro-moths that for the first time enables many of these insects to be readily identified with aid of illustrations by Richard Lewington. The lecture is the major part of the annual joint meeting with the London Natural History Society, this year hosted by the BENHS 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 29 and Sunday 30 September 2012
BWARS Autumn Meeting and AGM will be held over the week-end at the National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP. Please book via Louise Hislop (louisehislop|talktalk.net
) as soon as possible. There will be a varied programme with the AGM plus talks and workshops, details via the BWARS website (www.bwars.com
Saturday 3 November 2012 - BENHS Annual Exhibition and Dinner at Imperial College, South Kensington
Please bring exhibits to show your entomological discoveries for 2012 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 24 and Sunday 25 November 2012
Dipterists Forum Annual Meeting and AGM will be held at The M Shed Museum, Bristol on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November 2012. There will be a programme of talks, exhibits and other activities; details via Dipterists Bulletin or the Dipterists Forum web site (www.dipteristsforum.org.uk
Saturday 2 February 2013: 10.30–16.00
Coleopterists’ Day at Oxford – The ninth 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 2 March 2013: 10.30–16.00
Hemipterists’ Day at Dinton Pastures – The second 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 Ian McLean 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: http://www.hetnews.org.uk/
Saturday 23 March 2013 - 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 his 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 and will also be advertised here.
March - April 2012 - BMIG Annual Field Meeting and AGM
BMIG Annual Field Meeting and AGM will be held in March-April 2013. Please consult the BMIG web site for details (www.bmig.org.uk
Saturday 18 May 2013: 11.00 to 16.00
One day BENHS Regional Meeting at Plymouth, Devon. Organiser: Claudia Watts (regmtgsec|benhs.org.uk
) and Andrew Whitehouse. A joint meeting with Buglife South West. The topic and details of the day will be announced later and circulated in advance to members, as well as being advertised via the BENHS web site (www.benhs.org.uk
). It is likely that a field meeting on Dartmoor will be organised on Sunday 19 May 2013 to follow on from the indoor event.
Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September 2013
BENHS Regional Meeting at Glasgowlife Museum, Glasgow. Organisers: Jeanne Robinson and Geoff Hancock. An indoor meeting held in conjunction with Glasgowlife Museum, to be followed by a field meeting on the Sunday visiting sites near Glasgow. The topic and details of the day will be circulated in advance to members and will be advertised here.