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The BHS is one of the world's oldest and largest UK Herpetological Societies. Founded in 1947 by Britain's leading herpetologists, the Society still enjoys its national learned status and celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2007.

The interests of our members are catered for by our range of specialist committees:

Whatever your age, whether you are a conservationist, a scientist, a field naturalist, or if you are interested in reptile and amphibian husbandry, the Society has something to offer. So why not join today?

We have a range of membership options to suit your needs. All three of our publications, the Herpetological Journal, the Herpetological Bulletin and NatterJack are available through the member's section of this website. Online Only subscriptions cost less, but you can still opt for printed publications should you so choose. Our publications are normally made available online a little earlier than printed copies are despatched - whichever membership type you choose, you'll recieve an email alert to advise you when a new Journal, Bulletin or Natterjack issue has been uploaded and is available on the website.

As well as our publications, other Membership benefits include:

  • Free information leaflets - produced regularly on various aspects of conservation and captive breeding.
  • Meetings - several are held each year covering all areas of the society's activities.

How to Join Online:

1. Go to the Membership Category table below.

2. Click the "Join" button next to the membership type you require in the table.

3. Enter your Name and address details and choose a username and password.

4. Click the Pay Now button which will take you to our Paypal payments page.

5. You can make your payment either using your Paypal account (easiest option if you have an account) or you may be able to pay via Paypal using a credit or debit card without setting up a Paypal account (only in countries where this option is supported and offered by Paypal)

6. You'll be automatically returned to the BHS website where your subscription will be completed. 

When your membership subscription has been completed successfully, you'll be taken to a confirmation screen on the BHS website. You'll also receive a confirmation email. Once you've purchased your membership subscription online, you'll be able to log in straightaway using the username and password you chose and access our `member's only' category publications.

If you do not see a confirmation page or receive a confirmation email from us, then please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



The Natterjack
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The Herpetological Bulletin
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The Herpetological Journal
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Ordinary included included not included





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All memberships are for a 12 month period starting from date of joining.

Joining by Post

Joining by using our online facility is easiest and gives you instant access to the member's only areas of the site. However, you also have the option to download and print off an applicable paper membership form from the selection below.  If you complete a membership form and post it to us together with relevant payment - for either Online Access or Printed (& online) membership, you will subsequently be posted your Member's section log-in details for the website.

Please remember to include a full postal address on the form to ensure you receive your log in details!  Please do also include a clearly written and valid email address to help us communicate with you effectively in the future. Please note that we do not ever make your details available to any other organisations.


For further information about BHS membership, please see our Membership Information page.


Secretary (and Membership Secretary): Mr. Trevor Rose

The Secretary's primary duties are to  receive and handle the Society's mail and to maintain effective,  up to date membership records. The Secretary is also responsible for the distribution of the Society's publications, general administration and dealing with enquiries.

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