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Bracknell Forest Natural History Society

A society for everyone interested in nature and its conservation


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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)


The good news for everyone is that our Talks Programme at South Hill Park is resuming in September:.

Amongst the illustrated talks coming up are a joint presentation by the National Trust and Kew Gardens entitled "The Importance of Seeds" (20th September - click here for poster), "Heathlands Underground" (18th October), "Gales, Greenhouses and Global Warming" by BBC weatherman Ian Currie (15th November)and "A Life on the Wing – House Martins, Swifts and Swallows" (21st February ‘22).

Annual Membership of the Society (which starts again from 1st September onwards) costs just £12 and can be taken in cash or by cheque when you come along to any of our upcoming Meetings, or paid by bank transfer/standing order.


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

For more information on any aspect of our Talks Programme or the Society, please contact our Chairman Gill Cheetham by email at:


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