Branch News

So sad to hear the news of Professor David Bellamy passing away on 11th December. David was a very active supporter of the BNA and will be missed.

David with Roger Tabor at  Bellamy in Brightlingsea weekend in 2014


News from one of South Yorkshire’s graded members

Roy Stewart MBNA has been invited to join the Royal Society of Biology as a Fellow.

The RSB is an organisation which represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations. Their vision is for a world that understands the true value of biology and how it can improve life for all. Many of the members are practising scientists and professors in academia, and with Roy’s background as a retired senior lecturer in biomedical sciences – specialising in histopathology and cancer biology, this made him an excellent choice for fellowship.

Congratulations Roy, well done!


BNA South Yorkshire Branch at the 2019 National Conference in Snaresbrook on 11th May

South Yorkshire Branch Members visited the 2019 Conference in Forest School this year and actively took part in the day. The theme was Protecting our Marine Wildlife with several coastal displays but there were also field activities with in the forest.

The three guest speakers – Professor Sarah Wanless, Dr Tom Cameron and Maya Plass were all awarded Honorary Fellowship during the afternoon Encaenia, where grade recognition was awarded to BNA members. SY branch members and graded members from other branches proudly took part in the ceremony by robing up and celebrating all these achievements with the awardees.

The day was Chaired by Steven Rutherford FBNA who is SY Chairman as well as Hon Chairman of the National Body, and Hon President Roger Tabor presented the awards at the encaenia.

Mark Dudley MBNA and Roy Stewart MBNA led two of the activities on Pollinators and Bats & Trees, which were both well attended by delegates.

The Great Hall displays were organised by SY branch organiser Pauline Rutherford MBNA, who provided two displays from SY – Long Grass Area and Rocky Shores of Northumberland. Pauline also put together displays with back issues from Countryside and British Naturalists publications, Grade Recognition, Young Nats and a photo display using Bryan Sage photos, and arranged a display from NHBS which had free gifts for the delegates too.
The raffle was run by Dianne Farrar MBNA with some prizes donated from Wentworth Garden Centre in South Yorkshire and Norfolk Resists, a glass engraving company near Diss in Norfolk. The sales table was run by Catherine Artindale who also sold some copies of books written by guest speaker Maya Plass.

It was a fantastic day and as a branch we would like to thank the staff at Forest School for their help in providing the venue and buffet lunch, we look forward to the next one.

Photos from the Day

Displays in the Hall by D. Farrar and L. Artindale


Hon Chairman Steve by D. Farrar

Steve and Tom Thomas FBNA by L. Artindale

Mark Dudley leading his walk by L. Artindale

  Roy Stewart leading his walk by L. Artindale

Our Guest Speakers with Hon Chairman and Hon President by L. Artindale

Graded Members and Guests during the Encaenia by L. Artindale