The British Herpetological Society

 

BHS LogoThe 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 national learned status.

The Society's Herpetological Journal is ranked as one of the leading scientific publications devoted to herpetology. The Society actively supports Conservation, Research, Education and responsible Captive breeding.

 

 


MEMBERSHIP


BHS Constitution and Rules

 

BHS Policies

BHS Policy on reptiles and amphibians in captivity, pet trade and legislation:

BHS Ethical Policy and Guidelines:

BHS Data Protection & Privacy Policy:

 

Terms & Conditions

 

Publication Submission Guidelines

Established in 1947, the British Herpetological Society is one of the most prestigious such societies of its kind in the world. The society's Herpetological Journal is ranked as one of the leading scientific publications devoted to herpetology.

Via publications, specialist committees and meetings, the society actively supports:

  • Conservation activities targeted at native British species
  • Field studies and conservation management work worldwide
  • Scientific research
  • Responsible captive breeding and maintenance of reptile and amphibian species
  • Exchange of knowledge and expertise between enthusiasts and herpetologists both in the UK and around the world.

The British Herpetological Society is a registered charity, No. 205666. The society is run and operated entirely on a voluntary basis - we do not employ staff. Council members and others give freely of their time and energy to support and manage the society, including editing and producing our quality publications. You can therefore be confident that any donations made to the society will be contributing directly to our work and activities.

You can support the society and subscribe to our publications by joining the BHS or you can make a donation.

You can find the BHS Constitution, Trade and Ethics policies and our website T&C's on Our Policies page.

Our History

The British Herpetological Society was established in 1947 with the help of Dr Malcolm Smith. Dr Smith was a physician who practised in the Royal Court of Siam and whilst there studied the native herpetofauna. After retiring, he returned to Britain and developed an interest in our native herptiles. This led him to become the founding president of the BHS as well as author of the book 'The British Amphibians and Reptiles'. Since then the BHS has continued to expand and today has over 600 members.

What is Herpetology?

Herpetology is the study of some of the planet's most fascinating creatures - reptiles and amphibians. Herpetology, both as a science and as a hobby, has important implications for conservation, research and education. For example captive breeding programmes can provide the lifeline some species need to come back from the brink; snake venom can greatly contribute to the medical world; and amphibians are excellent bio-indicators for environment quality and change. Keeping pet reptiles and amphibians in the UK is now as popular as keeping cats and dogs. The interest in herpetology has never been higher.

The Society is a registered charity No.205666.  We are run and operated almost entirely on a voluntary basis – we do not employ staff. Council members and others give freely of their time and energy to support and manage the society, including editing and producing our quality publications.

You can therefore be confident that any donations made to the society will be contributing directly to our work and activities – you can see details of these on other pages in this site.

You can easily and quickly make an online donation via Paypal.me - but you do need a paypal account to enable this (it's very easy and quick to set up) :   paypal.me/BritishHerpSoc

To set up a paypal account first to enable a donation via Paypal.me: Paypal new account

Alternatively a cheque can be posted to the Secretary at the address below.

 

A BEQUEST TO THE BHS: MAKING A LEGACY

By leaving a bequest to the Society you can make a significant contribution to the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. This has never been more important; the world's herpetofauna faces threats of unprecedented scale, and only a great deal more work - which inevitably means more money - has any chance of alleviating this situation. The BHS has the necessary expertise, but not enough funds, to make a major impact in this vital area. A legacy to the BHS is a gift that will live forever.

For details of how to make a legacy to the Society, please write to: The Secretary, British Herpetological Society c/o Zoological Society of London Regents Park London NW1 4RY or email

 

 

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For general enquiries, please contact the British Herpetological Society secretary at this address: 

Email: 

The British Herpetological Society,
11, Strathmore Place
Montrose, Angus
DD10 8LQ
United Kingdom

For any queries or issues regarding the website or member access, please contact .

For more specific enquiries you can also contact the relevant BHS Officer.

Join the British Herpetological Society

Join the British Herpetological Society

Our membership subscriptions give you instant online access to the latest issues of our publications and a range of other benefits.

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. 

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Join the Young Herpetologists

Join the Young Herpetologists

The Young Herpetologists (YH) is the junior section of the British Herpetological Society open to anyone from the age of 5 to 17 years.

Based on the platforms of sound conservation practice and regard for animal welfare, the YH is an ideal way to encourage today's new generation of young amphibian and reptile enthusiasts.

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PUBLICATIONS


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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ACTIVITIES


Conservation

Conservation

Working in partnership with UK initiatives to conserve our native herpetofauna.

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Captive Breeding

Captive Breeding

Promoting responsible captive breeding and maintenance of reptile and amphibian species and international captive breeding conservation initiatives.

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Education

Education

Educating to promote awareness, disseminate information and develop an understanding in the fields of Herpetology and Herpetoculture. 

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Research

Research

Supporting academic research by providing grants, scientific meetings and other research activities.

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