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


02-12-2017 9:30 am -5:00 pm
Lecture Hall
Lecture Hall
Bournemouth Natural Science Society, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3NS

The program and full details of this popular annual meeting can be found on the event flyer here: pdfARC - BHS Joint Meeting 2017

(Full details of how to register are shown in the flyer)



30-10-2018 - 11-11-2018


In association with partner Madagascar travel specialists `TAILORMADE AFRICA' , BHS Conservation Officer Jan Clemons is  organising a privately guided trip to Madagascar for the British Herpetological Society autumn 2018. Dates & group size to be confirmed

Madagascar boasts wildlife found nowhere else on Earth and is a herpetological paradise. Described as the eighth continent, it separated from mainland Africa 165 million years ago and today 98% of its reptiles and amphibians, 93% of its mammals and 89% of its plants are endemic. Chief among them are 90+ species of lemur, including the enigmatic aye-ayes and sifakas; chameleons; frogs; snakes; tortoises, over 100 species of bird; humpback whales; dolphins; turtles and so much more.

Madagascar is a huge country and thus the climate does vary between each particular location on the island, however the peak season to travel is really from August to November. By travelling at this time we should be able to combine not only great weather with hot and relatively dry conditions, but with the warmer weather this means wildlife that was hibernating in August is now normally active again. Autumn is also an excellent time for baby Lemurs, with ringtails, and other species, giving birth in September;  whale watching during these months is also possible along the coast. Although the emphasis will be on the herpetofauna of Madagascar there will be plenty of opportunity to see lots of other endemic wildlife.

Planned itinerary and further details can be found here: Madagascar Itinerary 2018

In the first instance, please contact Jan on 07720 814414 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register your interest and for more information.

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.

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