Chris Packham joins the BNSS as new Patron!

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society is thrilled to welcome Chris Packham as its new Patron.


Chris Packham, the famous English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author is joining forces with the Society to help promote and support our wonderful work within the community. Not a stranger to the BNSS, Chris has previously lent his support by writing the foreword to the Society’s published book The Natural History of Bournemouth and the Surrounding Area and attending some of our events.

The BNSS has a remarkable collection; a treasury of the world’s life and its history.  It is a place where you could lose yourself for days and still return for more fascination. But the greatest riches of the Society lie not in this repository, but in the extraordinary knowledge, the unconfined enthusiasm and the continued passion of its members and affiliates. Nowhere else on earth could an assemblage of naturalists, geologists, palaeontologists, historians, astronomers and archaeologists work together in one small building. You do not have to be an expert or knowledgeable, just love the natural world. The BNSS may be unique, and whatever your age, you will find it a haven of wonder. To be able to join them as Patron is thus a genuine honour.”  Chris Packham

We are delighted to have Chris support the Society as a Patron. His knowledge, enthusiasm and tireless work for the natural world will be a great asset for the Society and we are looking forward to working with Chris on a range of projects in the future. The BNSS is continually growing and looking to improve our services to the community; having Chris on board as a Patron will help us achieve even more.” Rod Cooper, President of the BNSS

I have known Chris Packham for many years as a conservationist, writer, naturalist and friend. Chris is, of course, well known as a presenter of Springwatch, where he imparts knowledge in an entertaining manner. He has the rare skill of being able to communicate a subject to a nine year old and an academic at the same time! More than his knowledge, more than his wit, he is a genuine nice bloke.”  Ian Julian, BNSS Member

The BNSS was formed in 1903 and aims to promote the study and enjoyment of the natural sciences and history. We run an extensive programme of events throughout the year, including weekly talks with expert speakers, summer field trips to local wildlife hotspots and a bi-annual Open Event for the local community to explore our collections.

We are a registered charity and rely on membership subscriptions and donations to be able to continue and improve our work. If you would like to learn more about the Society and our events, join as a member or make a donation, you can visit our website or check out our Facebook page and Twitter @bnss1

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