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Bracknell Forest Natural History Society

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BFNHS Monthly Evening Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month (September to June). We meet in the beautiful surroundings of the Recital Room or Garden Room at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Birch Hill, Bracknell, RG12 7PA.

There is a friendly atmosphere at our meetings, visitors are always welcome and there is no need to book.

Meetings start at 7:30pm and end at about 9:30pm (Doors open from 7:15pm)
Entrance fee for members £1; visitors £3; under 16 free (annual membership £12)

Evening Meetings Programme 2019 - 2020

Please note that because of the Coronavarus situation, all talks and activities
have been cancelled, up to and including the month of September.

Sept 16th 'Bracknell Biodiversity Plan and 'Help a Hog' project by Marlies Boydell
Oct 21st 'Bees and Neonicotinoids' by Dr Ben Woodcock
Nov 18th 'Farming for Wildlife' by Des Sussex
Dec 16th 'Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust' by Colin Wilson
Jan 20th 'The Miracle of Bird Migration Explained!' by Mark Pearson
Feb 17th 'The Wildlife and Geology of Iceland and Norway' by David Phillips
Mar 16th 'Heathlands Underground' by Dr Martin Bidartondo
Apr 20th 'Swifts - House-Hunting for Survival' by Catherine Day
May 18th 'Gilbert White's Birds: Then and Now' by John Eyre

Click here to download the Talks and Visits Programme 2019-2020.

For further information please contact Gill Cheetham on (01344) - 423 440.


Directions to South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA:

South Hill Park is reached by road following the brown 'theatre mask' signs labelled as 'Arts Centre' from either Twin Bridges roundabout (end of A329M) or from the junction of the A322 Bagshot Road at Sainsburys.

There is car parking at the Arts Centre. However, as South Hill Park is a multi-purpose venue, very occasionally parking can be difficult.

Additional parking can be found on the opposite side of Ringmead, or by turning from Ringmead into Birch Hill Road (west of SHP) and following the directions to Birch Hill Shopping Centre. From there a short signposted walkway leads back to South Hill Park.

For info and map see:

Autumn Trees in Bracknell
Autumn Trees in Bracknell


Painted Lady Butterfly
Painted Lady butterfly visits a Bracknell garden


Early Purple Orchids
Early Purple Orchids in Bracknell woodland, photographed by David Rowe of BDUWG