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BENHS Annual General Meeting – 2017

25th March 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

AGM and Members’ Day Programme Saturday 25th March 2017
Hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW (www.oum.ox.ac.uk)

All of the meeting is open to both members and non-members, although only members are allowed to vote on any motions put to the AGM. Exhibits of live or dead insects, photos, literature etc. and posters will be most welcome. Please book these in by 10th March with Rosemary Hill and display them in the Museum Annex when you arrive. They may then be viewed and discussed during the lunch break and at Tea. Posters will be reported in the Society journal.

Within the UK, the Hope Entomological Collections are second in size and importance to the national insect collection at the Natural History Museum, London. They house over 25,000 arthropod types, and comprise over 5 million specimens. These specimens include many of great historical interest from such sources as the Hope-Westwood and Verrall-Collin collections. For those wishing to consult the collections during the day, please contact Darren J. Mann in advance.

How to get to the museum

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is located on Parks Road off Broad Street in central Oxford. Oxford has a busy city centre and car parking is limited and expensive for a full day. There are excellent transport links to Oxford centre via train and bus, as well as a series of ‘Park & Ride’ sites around the ring road with regular bus links to the centre (www.oxfordbus.co.uk and www.oxfordshire.gov.uk). Park & Ride parking is £2 for up to 11hours at the Thornhill and Water Eaton sites and £4 for 11-24 hours. Parking at the other Park & Ride sites is £2 per day. The return bus fare (after 9am) from all sites to the city centre is £2.80. Concessionary fares may be available. Please check parking fee and bus fares on arrival.


10.00 Arrive, coffee/tea, display of exhibits and posters
10.40 The Large Blue butterfly in Britain – its conservation and ecology Jeremy Thomas, Emeritus Professor of Ecology & Fellow of New College, Oxford
11.20 David Measures: a revolution in painting butterflies Julian Spalding, Former Director of Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries; author of ‘Realisation’
11.40 ‘Why do Entomologists Want a Weekly Newspaper?’: H. T. Stainton, the Intelligencer, and the Practice of Nineteenth-Century Natural History Matthew Wale, University of Leicester
12.00 Break
12.10 Bugs, Bees, Carbon and Trees Liam Crowley, Harper Adams University
12.20 The Slime Flux pub, its drinkers, loafers and pullers Robert Wolton, Dipterists’ Forum
12.40 Rot? Boring? Not the BENHS Saproxylic Group surely?! Keith Alexander, BENHS
13.00 Lunch and viewing of exhibits and posters (bring your own or forage in a nearby pubs or eateries)
14.00 Society notices
14.10 Annual General Meeting with elections, reports and Presidential Address, Part 1 (PTO for details)
15.10 Presidential Address, Part 2, given by Adrian Spalding: The Sandhill Rustic Moth – from Berlin to Dingle, Southport to Vitoria Gasteiz
16.00 Conclusion of the AGM and Tea
16.15 Tour of the entomological collections, led by Darren J. Mann
17.00 Close of meeting
17.45 Onwards: Dinner at Al-Shami Restaurant


25th March 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW United Kingdom
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01865 272950

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