2018 BWARS Members Weekend & AGM

Submitted by Nigel Jones on

Saturday and Sunday 15 & 16 September 2018

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Secretary: Catherine M. Jones (catherinemjones7@gmail.com)

The BWARS Committee invite all our members to join us at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September for the BWARS member’s weekend including the AGM.

The BWARS members’ weekend is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. It is mainly informal and informative, with the official business conducted on Sunday morning at the AGM.

On Saturday afternoon there will be workshops for members – the number of places is limited by the space allocated to us, and the number of microscopes available, so please book in advance.

On Sunday morning, the Officers of the Committee will give reports at the AGM covering the past year, the state of membership and the finances of the Society, and the members present will elect new officers. If there is any business that you would like to raise at the AGM, please contact the Secretary by 214th August, to allow time for them to be included in the agenda.

On Sunday afternoon there will be a variety of presentations

Please email the Secretary advising whether you would like to attend the workshops on Saturday 15th September, and/or the evening meal on Saturday 15th September and/or the AGM and presentations on Sunday 16th September.

Please note:

Booking is recommended for the workshops.

An area in a pub has been booked for Saturday evening to eat, and chat and drink. This is paid for on an individual basis and you are welcome to come along for drink.

You are responsible for finding your own accommodation.

As soon as the programme has been finalised it will be announced on the BWARS website.

The BWARS Committee look forward to seeing you at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September for a great weekend.

Download a copy of the programme HERE

Saturday 15th – Workshops, 12.00 – 15:30

Please email Catherine Jones (catherinemjones7@gmail.com) to book a place.

12.00 – 13.00 Informal lunch, which may be eaten on the premises

13.00 – 14.15 Introduction to Ants – Richard Becker

14.15 – 14:30 Tea/Coffee break

14.30 – 15:30 ‘Open’ session – museum collection and id help. 

Evening meal – Space in a local pub has been booked for a group drink and meal after the workshops on Saturday evening – if you just want to come for a drink, that is fine.

Please contact Catherine Jones (catherinemjones7@gmail.com) to confirm that you will be joining us.

Sunday 16th 9.30 – 15.30



The Chair, Jeremy Early, will take the chair to commence the business of the day.


The minutes of the 2017 AGM

These have been circulated in the Spring 2017 Newsletter.

Matters arising from 2017 minutes

Officers’ reports

Chairman – Jeremy Early

Treasurer/Membership Secretary – Dave Budworth

Election of Officers for 2017 (Term of office 4 years)

Election of Ordinary Members (Term of office 3 years)


11.30   Tea/Coffee break


11:45 Bob Brown: Invasive species in New Zealand

12.15 Liam Olds: Spoilt for choice: the aculeate fauna of colliery spoil habitats

12.40-13:30 Lunch

13:30 Gemma Baron: Soft cliffs and landslips, a west Dorset wilderness

13:55 Hayley Herridge: The Urban Buzz project

14:20 Rowan Edwards: Red Listing

14:45 Tom Wood: Perspectives on British bees from the New World

15.10 Close