Branch News

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


Hon Chairman Steve Rutherford presented Richard Hall MBNA with his certificate at Idle Valley WLT nature reserve on 2nd May 2019


Hon. Chairman Steve joined members from Herts Branch on their walk around Berkhamsted Common, looking at lichens, flowers and trees

Steve on the right of the photo having lunch in the woodland


19th January 2019 Chairman meets Devon Members

Hon. Chairman Steve met 17 members from Taw and Exmoor Branch at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust reserve. A very enjoyable visit and great to meet some of the members. We saw Smew, Pintail, Water rail, Snipe and Common Crane. Steve took a photo from the observatory tower and joined in a group photo with the members; and also posed next to the Statue of Sir Peter Scott the founder of the reserve and long time Vice-President of the BNA.


Exciting News! As from 9th October 2018

South Yorkshire Chairman Steve Rutherford FBNA has been voted in as the new Hon. BNA Chairman!

Steve follows Roger Tabor who has stepped down from the position after 20 years as Chairman. Roger will take up the position of Hon. President from David Bellamy who is also stepping down from the role.

South Yorkshire members send Roger their best wishes in his new role.