Photography Competition 2023

May 11, 2024

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. With grateful thanks to Eleni Dimitriou, former Chair of Photography, for organising the Photography Competitions […]

Bournemouth Bug Show 2024

May 9, 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 starts at 11:00am and closes at 4:00pm. Enter the Raffle for a chance to WIN a year’s […]

BAFTA Special Award for Dr Mick Donegan MBE

April 25, 2024

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 […]

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

April 9, 2024

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 […]

Glynn’s pictures

November 27, 2023

Many members watched Glynn Gorick’s BNSS Zoom presentation on the 21st November in which he discussed his wonderful artworks. These were produced for scientists and many environmental organisations. Those wishing to see more of his images can find them HERE.

Bournemouth in Bloom – Winners

November 18, 2023

Members will be pleased to know that BNSS did well again this year in the Bournemouth in Bloom Competition.  The Ginkgo Biloba came top of the Champion Tree category, winning a Silver Gilt certificate and a shield.  The Sweet Chestnut also won a Silver Gilt certificate, came top of the Trees Contributing to BioDiversity category […]

Great Big Dorset Hedge

October 18, 2023

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

Research Study on Memory

April 25, 2023

BNSS Members may wish to become involved in a research project at Bournemouth University. Two PhD students are looking for volunteers for an ethically approved study supervised by Professor Hana Burianova and Dr Ala Yankouskaya. This healthy ageing research involves younger and older adults undergoing tests and MRI scans. More information and contact information is […]

BNSS Photography Competition 2022 Exhibition and Awards Ceremony

April 14, 2023

The BNSS Photography Competition 2022 Exhibition and Awards Ceremony will take place on: 22nd April 2023 at: 2.30pm-6pm Event will be “in house” in the BNSS Lecture Theatre details of results here

BrainFit: Further Information and Links

March 22, 2023

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 […]

BNSS Garden Success

October 20, 2022

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, […]

Recycle More, Waste Less links

May 11, 2022

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 […]

Holes Bay Nature Report

April 25, 2022

Members may be interested in the Holes Bay Nature Report (NB. This is large document with over 150 pages) The annual Holes Bay Nature Report aims to promote Holes Bay and the surrounding area as a haven for nature; to record and share wildlife sightings and to encourage more records. The recording area covers Holes […]

Snakes in the Heather

April 22, 2022

Following on from our recent talk the following may be of interest. Find out more and help conserve the smooth snake by:​ Buying your copy of ARC’s children’s story book: Reading about the project:​ Volunteering with ARC:​ Becoming an ARC member:​ Signing-up to ARC eNews:​ Sponsoring the smooth snake:​ Following ARC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedinand […]

More Village Vernacular

December 1, 2021

Those of you who enjoyed John Hubbard’s Zoom talk on “Village Vernacular” on the 30th of November may wish to follow up this interesting architectural topic. We are grateful for John sharing the source of his illustrations and references below: ILLUSTRATIONS Images of villages from the early twentieth century can be found on the Facebook […]

Autistic Spectrum Condition Talk

October 31, 2021

Many members will have heard Dr. Rachel Moseley’s illuminating Zoom talk to BNSS “Life through a different lens, the brain science of autism” on Tuesday 26th October. She has kindly provided us with her slides from the talk which members who attended, and those who didn’t, may wish to see. The final slides have many […]

Deadline Extended for BNSS Photographic Competition 2021

October 2, 2021

The deadline for the BNSS Photographic competition has been extended until November 30th 2021. Further details here

Artist exhibits

July 3, 2021

One of our members Marisa Mann has been selected to show some of her wildlife and ecology paintings at the Affordable Art exhibition in London on behalf of Arts 4 Dementia. Further details here

BNSS Launches 2021 Photographic Competition

March 31, 2021

New Chair of Photography Eleni Dimitriou has launched the 2021 Photographic Competition with 3 categories Plants & Fungi, Landscapes and Wildlife. For full details see poster below.

Mosquitoes, covid-19 & dogs

March 1, 2021

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 […]

Solent Oyster Restoration Project

September 24, 2020

Dr. Luke Helmer gave an interesting talk via Zoom on trying to re-establish oysters in certain sites in the Solent on Tuesday 22nd September. Those of you who wish to follow up this research and make a contribution to his Virtual London to Monaco bike ride in support of the charity fighting to protect our […]

Lockdown Microscopy & Micrographic Art

August 27, 2020

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 […]

BNSS ‘goes green’ via Zoom

July 17, 2020

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 […]

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” […]

Ocean Plastic, Plankton and Lizards

May 20, 2020

BNSS members have attended two Zoom lectures in the last two weeks on marine subjects and one of our members has submitted a film on lizards. On 19th May, Mary Thornton gave us a lecture on “Microplastics in Oceans” about the all girl crews researching ocean plastic pollution. This elicited a lively discussion after the […]

‘Zoom’ BNSS lectures

April 30, 2020

On Tuesday 14th April BNSS launched its first ‘Zoom’ lecture by James Fradgley on “How the eye works – an astronomer’s perspective” followed on 21st April by: Ashley Leftwich on “Ancient Woodland – What is it, where is it and how do I know I am in it !!” and then on 28th April by: […]

Website Changes – members please contribute your news

We have been making a few changes to the website to make it more responsive to the current situation due to the covid-19 pandemic. This has been made possible with the help of our volunteer Richard Griffin who has run the website on a Raspberry Pi in order to troubleshoot the changes made. The major […]

Museum Closed

March 16, 2020