The British Herpetological Society

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden and untimely passing of John Pickett on the 19th of July.  John was a loyal and active BHS member over many years, well known to many of us.  Joint founder of the Bulletin in 1980 (together with Simon Townson), John…

Read more: John Pickett

The ever popular annual BHS photographic competition is being held at the AGM on April 21st, at Drayton Manor Park Hotel.

See  full details of the AGM here 2018 AGM

And details of the photo competition here 2018 Photo Comp



Herpetological Journal  Vol 28 No 1 (January 2018) and Herpetological Bulletin Issue 142 (Winter 2017) are now available on the website for viewing or download by members with a valid subscription.

Herpetological Journal Vol 27 No. 4 (October 2017) and Herpetological Bulletin number 141 (Autumn 2017) are available as online publications to BHS members with a relevant membership.

Please navigate to the appropriate publication page and log in to see the new editions.

In May, Richard and Kim of the BHS Education Committee attended the National Pet Show in the Excel Centre in London - in association with the Federation of British Herpetologists and a number of other clubs and societies.  You can read a full report of the event and their activities  here:  National Pet Show Report

Herpetological Journal Vol 27 , Number 3 , July 2017 and the Herpetological Bulletin Issue 140 (Summer 2017) are available on the website for online viewing or download by members with the relevant membership access.

The BHS is delighted to be sponsoring the 2017 ACRS for £300.  This major annual event, to be held at the University of Kent on the weekend of June 24th and 25th, brings together many people either working in or with interests in amphibian conservation.

To ensure our digital presence is maintained as effectively as possible, we're delighted to launch the new  website - with a bold, clear new design and revised layout intended to make it even easier for visitors to navigate around.

The  site also includes some new features which will help us…

Read more: New BHS website launched


The national adder conservation meeting is being held on the 8th-9th of October 2016 in Somerset. Titled "The Vanishing Viper: priorities for adder conservation" this conference will address all aspects of adder conservation including:

·     ·Strategic challenges and solutions for adder conservation

·      Insights from survey and research

·     …

Read more: The Vanishing Vipers Conference

Seeing a Toad on the Road warning triangle whilst driving, may make you raise a smile, but its certainly no laughing matter for the adventurous amphibians. These highway signs have become a feature of our roads in recent years in an effort to prevent high-speed killings of our indigenous toads,…

Read more: Press Release - Gullypot Ladders

Not yet a member of the British Herpetological Society, and interested in amphibian conservation? Join the BHS during July and August 2015

and you will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 5 free frog adoption packs, sponsoring a frog at Manchester Museum.

To find out more about…

Read more: Win a £50 Frog Adoption Pack!

The Herpetological Bulletin issue 132 (Summer 2015) is now available to BHS members to view or download.

Print copies will be posted out to print subscribers in the near future.

The Herpetological Bulletin issue 131 is now available to BHS members to view or download.

Print copies will be posted out to print subscribers in the near future. 

Many BHS members may be aware that some individuals and organisations are very active in lobbying against the principle of captive maintenance of reptile and amphibian species.  The Federation of British Herpetoculturists (FBH) have recently started a campaign to promote the positive aspects of such activity.

The campaign is called `Hands off our…

Read more: Hands off our Hobby Campaign - The FBH

As part of our commitment to supporting worldwide herpetology conservation, the British Herpetological Society recently donated $1500  as seed grants towards  two important  projects.  Details of the projects can be found by following the links below:

Monitoring of two endemic Urodela species in Edough Peninsula (Annaba, Algeria) - Urodela Project - Algeria


Amphibian Conservation Scoping Project (British Virgin Islands)   - ASA and ASG - seed grants news




We were very saddened to hear of the recent passing of Monica Green. Monica was one of the founder members of the BHS and acted as Membership Secretary from the Society's  inception in 1947 until her retirement from active involvement in 2004 - a full 57 years. Monica's contribution during that period cannot be overstated. The Society was extremely fortunate to benefit from her dedication and commitment; she will be sadly missed.

As at end June 2014, the Herpetological Journal  impact factor was ranked at 1.338 - an all time high for the BHS flagship publication.  Consequently, the HJ is again ranked first among all global herpetological journals! 

Bulletin number 124 and Natterjack number 206 are now uploaded and available to BHS members

The British Herpetological Society are very pleased to launch a new, much improved website. The new site includes an enhanced online payment  process for members joining for the first time or renewing, as well as a great new look and easier navigation for users.

Launch of the new website –…

Read more: New BHS website