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A group of people with a common interest in natural history: ~ animals, plants and geology, the Suffolk countryside and the environment generally. Our members range from beginners to expert amateurs and wildlife professionals.
What we do:
We publish popular and scientific works on the natural history of Suffolk,
hold members meetings and organise a biennial conference. Membersí findings are published
in the thrice-yearly newsletter White
Admiral (now in its 12th year on the internet, see floating menu at top
left); in our transactions Suffolk
Natural History and in the bird report Suffolk Birds.
We also publish more definitive
guides on various aspects of the natural history of Suffolk.
The SNS was formed in 1929 by Claude Morley and fellow
amateur naturalists who felt the need to share their expertise and promote their good works. Claude
Morley (1874 -1951), pioneered the study and recording of the Countyís flora, fauna and geology.
The SNS is the seed bed from which have grown the other important wildlife organisations in Suffolk:
The Suffolk Naturalistsí Trust (later the Suffolk Wildlife Trust) was set up to purchase and protect
Redgrave and Lopham Fen, and later the Suffolk Ornithologistsí Group (SOG)
Recording the natural
history of Suffolk is still the Societyís primary objective. Members’ observations go to
specialist recorders then on to the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service at Ipswich Museum
to provide a basis for detailed distribution maps and subsequent analysis. The activities of the
Society have always been based on a spirit of scientific enquiry, the SNS being careful to maintain
its amateur and scientific basis.
Funds held by the Society allow it to offer substantial grants for wildlife studies (find out more on
our Bursaries page)
We are Registered Charity no. : 206084 with the UK Charity Commission.
You can find out more about us by entering our number on their website: www.charity-commission.gov.uk/
Annually, SNS publishes Suffolk Natural History, its transactions, containing
studies on the Countyís wildlife. It also publishes the County bird report. Suffolk Birds,
compiled by (SOG). In addition the newsletter, White Admiral, with comment and observations
appears three times a year. SNS organises two membersí evenings a year and a scientific
conference every two years. Field meetings are held throughout the year and include annual
'taster days'. These meetings are often held in conjunction with other specialist organisations.
SNS subscriptions are as follows:
Individual members £15.00; Family membership £17.00; Corporate
All members receive the three publications above.
Joint membership with the Suffolk Ornithologistsí Group:
Individual members £28.00; Family membership £32.00.
Joint members get in addition to the 3 publications above, the SOG newsletter The Harrier
Members records and studies are published, and used by and archived in the
Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. The SBRC uses the records to produce distribution maps
which help us to monitor the status of animals and plants in Suffolk. The information is made available
to local authorities, Natural England and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust; it is essential for making
decisions about conservation in Suffolk, for example compiling Biodiversity Action Plans.
How this helps protect the environment:
The Society promotes debate on environmental issues at meetings and at the biennial conference where there are often thought provoking presentations by national and local experts. Records of species distribution can inform climate change studies, draw attention to pollution events and advise planners. Monitoring the occurrence and spread of introduced species to Suffolk will become increasingly important as the climate warms.
How you can get involved:
Join us, whether a complete beginner who would like to learn about wildlife from experts or an expert who would like to interact with others and have their contribution to be put to good use.
As defined by the Constitution of this Society its objects shall be:
2.1 To study and record the fauna, flora and geology of the County
2.2 To publish a Transactions and Proceedings and a Bird Report. These shall be free to members
except those whose annual subscriptions are in arrears contact:
2.3 To liaise with other natural
history societies and conservation bodies in the County
2.4 To promote interest in natural history
and the activities of the Society.
For more details about the Suffolk Naturalistsí Society write to:
High Street, IPSWICH, IP1 3QH. Telephone 01473 433547
Joan Hardingham , June 2014
These web pages are compiled for the SNS by Adrian Chalkley.
Please use the floating menu to navigate your way around the site.
Please note also that membership enquiries are handled by SNS staff based at the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (Ipswich Museum) and any persons interested in joining should send the application form by post to the SBRC at the address above.