The British Herpetological Society


The British Herpetological Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious societies of its kind in the world. Founded in 1947 by Britain's leading herpetologists, the BHS still enjoys its national learned status. The society's Herpetological Journal is ranked as one of the leading scientific publications devoted to herpetology. The society actively support Conservation, Research, Education and responsible Captive breeding through it's specialist Committees.

Upcoming events


24-11-2018 1:00 pm -6:00 pm
Birkbeck College
Birkbeck College
43 Gordon Square, Kings Cross, London WC1H 0PD, UK

The Symposium commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of Maxwell Knight, the famous naturalist and renowned MI5 agent. It will recount and reassess his life and work in the 21st century, with reference to contemporary environmental issues such as species conservation, captive-breeding of endangered species and public education. Literature and specimens from Maxwell Knight’s collection, including long-lost manuscripts from his original filing cabinet, will be on display. During breaks and at the end of the symposium there will be a showing of Maxwell Knight’s original television/lecture films.

10.00 £ 13

01-12-2018 9:30 am -5:00 pm
Bournemouth Natural Science Society
Bournemouth Natural Science Society
39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3NS, UK

The annual  ARC - BHS joint scientific meeting is once again being held in the delightful and imposing home of the Bournemouth Natural Science Society.


See here for more details of the Society and Museum : Bournemouth Natural Science Society


See the ARC page here for full details of the meeting,  program and how to book : Joint Scientific Meeting 2018


21-04-2019 9:30 am -5:00 pm
Drayton Manor Park Hotel
Drayton Manor Park Hotel
Drayton Manor Dr, Fazeley, Tamworth B78 3TW, UK

Following 2018's very well received and successful conference - with more than 100 people attending on each of the two days -  we are planning to hold another in 2019, at the same excellent venue - Drayton Manor Park, near Tamworth.

Similar format - free workshops / talks on Saturday 20th April with the paid admission conference proper on Sunday 21st April.


Details of themes and speakers will be added as the program solidifies over the next couple months so please book the dates in your diary and check back regularly for updates.

We want to focus particularly on bringing expertise from both private and zoological  / commercial husbandry communities together - sharing and promoting best practise and successful approaches across the spectrum of herpetology husbandry. 


Details of the April 2018 conference are here for information: Joint AHH - BHS - IHS Conference April 2018

If you missed that one, you won't want to miss the 2019 event!

The Herpetological Journal

The Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal, ranked as one of the leading scientific publications devoted to herpetology.

The Herpetological Bulletin

Our quarterly publication focuses on natural history, captive breeding and husbandry, veterinary and behavioural articles.

The Natterjack

The members ebulletin covers all aspects of the society's activities and interests; whatever your herp-related interests, there will be something for you.