We're delighted to report that the first joint BHS / AHH meeting held at Drayton Manor Park Zoo on the weekend of May 13th and 14th was by any measure a great success.
AHH (Advancing Herpetological Husbandry) is a Facebook based group, devoted to promoting best practise and the latest techniques for successful herpetological husbandry. These objectives align completely with BHS aims in this arena and it was natural that the event organising committee comprised members from both entities.
More than 60 people attended the free workshops on the Saturday evening - far more than expected or indeed planned for! And more than 50 people attended the all day Sunday conference - for which tickets needed to be purchased in advance. Delegates enjoyed a range of high quality talks from expert speakers. It was particularly encouraging to see that delegates included private keepers, representatives from the commercial side of the hobby plus zoo professionals - helping to break down barriers that to some extent have existed between the different groupings for a long time.
For more information on the event, see the entry in the Events section of the website. Early planning is already under way for a 2018 meeting - with the hope that this will become firmly fixed as an annual event.