|The BHS is the oldest and largest UK Herpetological Society. Founded in
1947 by the country's leading herpetologists, the Society still enjoys its national
learned status and celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 1997. The interests of its members
are catered for by a range of specialist committees. Whatever your age, whether you are a
scientist, a conservationist, a field naturalist, or if you are interested in reptile and
amphibian husbandry, the Society has something to offer. So why not join today?
The Natterjack is the Society's popular monthly newsletter, and contains details of
meetings, topical news, and views.
The Bulletin is published quarterly and contains news items, articles and papers on
all aspects of herpetology. The Bulletin is mailed to all Ordinary Members.
The Herpetelogical Journal is also published quarterly. It contains papers on
original research and is one of Europe's foremost herpetological journals. The Journal is
mailed to all Full Members together with the Bulletin.
The Society also produces a range of leaflets on conservation, and books and leaflets on
captive care. Junior members receive their own Young Herpetologist's Newsletter.
Meetings take place at various locations throughout England and Scotland. The Saturday
meetings, taking place at Birkbeck College, London, have proved to be popular, and are
easily accessible via the tube network. The Society is also involved with the National
Herpetofauna Recorders meeting, attracting members from all over the UK.
Events organised by the Education Committee have taken herpotology out on the road. The
displays at these events have been well attended by the public. Assistance from members is
welcome in this growing area.
The Captive Breeding Committee.
The Captive Breeding Committee is actively involved in promoting the captive breeding and
responsible husbandry of reptiles and amphibians. Special meetings are held, often with
key national and international herpetologists giving presentations, whilst informal
meetings facilitate the exchange of members' captive bred stock.
A variety of publications have been produced, care sheets on commonly kept species, and
four captive care books. The Captive Breeding Committee also advises on aspects of
national legislation affecting the keeping, breeding, farming and sustainable utilization
of reptiles and amphibians.
The Research Committee.
The Research Committee, which includes professional scientists from within the ranks of
the Society, organises research meetings on amphibian and reptile biology. An annual
meeting provides the opportunity for research scientists to present their work to general
The Conservation Committee.
The Conservation Committee is actively engaged in, field study, conservation management,
and political lobbying, with a view to improving the status and future prospects of our
native British species. It is the accepted authority on reptile and amphibian conservation
in the UK. It works in close collaboration with the Herpetological Conservation Trust and
has an advisory role to the Nature Conservancy Councils (the statutory governmental
bodies). The Society owns or leases a number of reserves, and all Society members are
encouraged to become involved in habitat management and site surveying across the UK.
The Education Commmitee.
The Education Committee promotes all aspects of the Society through the media, with
displays, lectures, school visits, and field events. The Committee, together with the
Society's full time Education Officer, also runs the junior section of the Society, the
Young Herpetologist's Club. YHC members receive their own newsletter and, among other
activities, are invited to participate in an annual camp, held in an area of outstanding
One of the oldest and largest herpetological societies in the world, The British
Herpetological Society caters for all those interested in research, conservation,
captive-breeding, and the educational aspects of the subject.