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British Herpetological Society - BHS

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 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.


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.


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