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Published: 2018-04-26T22:21:16-00:00


AES now affiliated with The Veterinary Invertebrate Society


The Amateur Entomologists' Society (AES) and The Veterinary Invertebrate Society (VIS) are now affiliated. * The VIS will contribute advice and help to the AES and its members about health and disease in captive invertebrates * The AES will provide advice and help to the VIS and its members on invertebrate conservation and captive breeding matters * The two societies will reciprocally promote or acknowledge each other * The two societies will grant each other's members admission to their events on the same terms as to their own members * Both societies will organise joint events or participate in each other’s events or work together in other ways, as appropriate Further information can be found on the The Veterinary Invertebrate Society website

Updated events calendar for 2018


We've recently posted an exciting calendar of AES events for the coming year. This includes our Members' Day at Haslemere Educational Museum in Surrey and confirmation that our exhibition will be held on 6th October 2018. The first event of the year will be a Leaf Beetle Workshop, run by the society's Peter Hodge, at the Natural History Museum. Our annual Young Entomologists' Day will be on the 19th May at Perivale Nature Reserve, start writing those talks now! We look forward to seeing you at one of our events in 2018 and a full list of AES events is available online (as well as in the Bulletin and email newsletter).

Time to renew your membership


It's now time to renew your membership of the AES (assuming you don't pay by standing order). You can renew by using our online shop or by post. We hope you've enjoyed being a member of the society during 2017 and that you've managed to attend one of our events. We've more events already in the planning stages for 2018 and details of these will be published in The Bulletin, Bug Club Magazine or Entomologist's Record or in the monthl email newsletter as soon as the details are confirmed.

AES Exhibition trading forms now online


The AES Exhibition and Trade Fair is one of the most popular entomological events. If you are interested in trading at the event then the application forms and trading certificate are now available for you to download, complete and return. Please note that anyone wanting to trade at the event must complete and return the trading certificate. Also, please note that the event will take place on 30th September and not the first Saturday in October.

AES Members' Day and AGM documents available


The AES Members' Day and Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 29th April. Members of the society can access a draft programme and documents for the AGM via the members' area of the website. The meeting will be held in the Darwin Centre of London's Natural History Museum. The AGM will commence at 12:00 midday in the Neil Chalmers Theatre, followed immediately by 30 minutes of networking and refreshments. The AGM will be followed by the Members' Day, on the theme of soil and leaf litter invertebrates, which will feature prizegivings and a series of talks from Bug Club members and entomologists. This year's Leonard Tesch lecture will be delivered by the museum's Dr Paul Eggleton. If you are a member of the society and plan on attending please book in advance

Congratulations to Peter Hodge


Peter Hodge, a past President of the AES and current council member, is the Sussex County Recorder for Beetles and the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre (SxBRC) has just completed a 10 year project to digitise all of Peter's field notebooks. These amazing notebooks cover some 43 years of records for Sussex and hold 43,000 records of 2,270 different species! To celebrate Peter's amazing records and the SxBRC's feat of digitisation there was a beetle party and photographs of the event can be seen on the SxBRC Facebook page:

AES council member wins public engagement award


Victoria Burton from the Natural History Museum/Imperial College, and AES council member, has been given a Public Engagement Award by the British Ecological Society (BES). The award recognises the outstanding role BES members have played in delivering the society's public engagement programme: The BES award: ... recognises students and Early Career Researchers, who have made an outstanding contribution to the delivery of the Society's public engagement programme. These are members who have contributed to the programme, above and beyond our expectations, and have shown leadership in the delivery of training and activities. Congratulations Victoria!

Gift ideas for entomologists - 2016


Wondering what to gifts to buy for the entomologist in your family? To help out we've put together a list of gift suggestions for entomologists, young and old:- 1. The best gift is membership of the Amateur Entomologists Society or Bug Club. * Membership of a society like ours helps encourage and develop an interest in insects. Members receive our high quality journals, can attend our events in addition to other member benefits. * We provide information on how to buy gift membership of the AES or Bug Club. * Buy adult or family membership * Buy Bug Club/Junior membership 2. Top-quality insect books * For adults: * A Handbook for Lepidopterists * A Guide to Moth Traps and their use * The larger water beetles of the British Isles * For youngsters: * How do insects fold and unfold their wings? An activity book * British butterflies throughout the year * Working in Entomology - careers guide * Basil the Beetle's Scary Adventure - one of a series of six books on insects and other creepy crawlies for younger readers 3. Other gift ideas:- * Bug Club naturalist's notebook * Bug Club stationery set

Past-president of the AES earns international honour


Dr. David Lonsdale of Hampshire, United Kingdom is this year's recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture's (ISA) R.W Harris Author's Citation Award. This Award of Distinction is given to authors who consistently publish timely and valuable content related to the field of arboriculture. David is a past president of the AES; Conservation Secretary and editor of Invertebrate Conservation News. He is also a plant pathologist and arboriculture consultant who specializes in tree decay research and tree hazard assessment and management. He has focused on the assessment of tree hazards and risk on behalf of public and private landowners for more than 30 years. "As the author of an acclaimed textbook Principles of Tree Hazard Assessment and Management, Dr. Lonsdale is a prominent authority on tree decay and risk assessment," says de Gouret Litchfield, ISA board president. "He is a well-known expert in Great Britain and among the most respected arboriculture authors worldwide." Along with writing numerous scientific papers on tree disorders, diseases, conservation, and safety issues, Lonsdale has edited other textbooks, including the English language edition of The Body Language of Trees by Claus Mattheck and Helge Breloer. "As a plant pathologist who has become involved in the industry, I am most grateful for the warmth of the welcome that I have always received and for the interest in my work, says Lonsdale. "I feel very much at home when I am amongst others who share my love of trees. As an author, I applaud the provision of this award. I think that it represents an industry that fully recognizes the value of good publications." A key member of the committee that has updated the British Standards for practice in arboriculture, Lonsdale served on drafting panels for the two of the standards. He even received acknowledgment in the foreword of one of those Standards. "Standards are usually anonymous so I was very pleased to receive this recognition," he remembers. ISA honored Lonsdale at a ceremony last month in Fort Worth, Texas as part of the 92nd Annual ISA International Conference and Trade Show. He is a fellow of ISA's associate organization, The Arboricultural Association, and will be formally presented with the award during the annual meeting in the United Kingdom in September. Lonsdale is one of twelve distinguished professionals who make up the circle of winners for ISA's 2015 Awards of Distinction, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. Robert Bartlett Jr., chairman and CEO of Bartlett Tree Experts added, "Recognizing accomplishments like these not only tells the recipients we value their work, but also encourages others to pursue such work. The more people we can inspire to make a difference in arboriculture, the better our industry will be. With that in mind, we're proud to offer our continued support to the Awards of Distinction." ISA, with more than 30,000 members and credential holders making up the organization worldwide, has been honoring members and industry professionals with the Awards of Distinction since 1963. Nine categories recognize candidates in such areas as research, publishing, education, and advancing the cause of the organization. The winners are selected by a diverse group of experts in arboriculture. See also a YouTube video on Dr David Lonsdale. Courtesy of International Society of Arboriculture.

AES Exhibition 2016 trading forms available


The trading forms and certificate are now available on the event listing for the AES Exhibition and Trade Fair 2016. Anyone wanting to have a stand at our exhibition must complete the application form and return this with a completed trading certificate and payment to the exhibition secretary. The exhibition will take place on 1st October 2016 at Kempton Park Racecourse. Traders include those selling books, equipment, livestock, specimens and food plants. In addition, the show is attended by most of the major invertebrate societies and organisations within the UK. The exhibition is open to members of the public and not just members of the AES. Should you wish to join the AES then you can do so on the day but you don't have to be a member to attend. Tickets can be bought on the gate. Further information on the AES Exhibition and Trade Fair 2016.