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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 2023 - 2024

Sept 18th 'Wildlife and Conservation on the Crown Estate' by Des Sussex
Oct 23rd 'Beavers in Britain - restoring a native species' by Rob Needham
Nov 20th 'Cockatoos and Kookaburras - The Birds of Sydney's Suburbs'
by Ailsa Claybourn
Dec 11th 'The Waterways of Bracknell' by Colin Bird
Jan 15th 'Silky Snares and Injected Venom - an exploration of spiders'
by Dr George Fussey
Feb 19th 'Blackwater Valley Nature walks' by Colin Wilson
Mar 18th 'Community Conservation in Action - an introduction to Ealing Wildlife Group' by Dr Sean McCormack
Apr 15th 'Black-Backed Jackals - unlocking the secrets of their success'
by Jack Merrifield
May 20th 'Understanding Alien Species through Citizen Science' by Dr Helen Roy
June 17th 'Orchids and Climate Change' by Jacopo Calevo from Kew Gardens

Click here to download the Talks Programme January - June 2024

Annual Membership of the Society (which starts 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.


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:

Berkshire Birds of Prey
An entertaining outdoor display by Berkshire Birds of Prey


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