Amateur Entomologists' Society - highlights of 2009
Published: 31 December 2009
2009 was a very important and busy year for the Amateur Entomologists' Society (AES). As we reach the end of 2009 we've picked some selected highlights from the past year:
- January saw publication of the first issue of the Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation by the AES. The Entomologist's Record was first published in 1892 and became an AES publication in 2009.
- Our Members' Day (held in April) was attended by more than 70 people and featured six lectures on a variety of topics including the 2nd Annual Leonard Tesch Lecture given by Dr Remy Ware.
- In May, Dr David Lonsdale, AES Conservation Secretary, won the 2009 Marsh Award for Insect Conservation.
- June saw the AES make a second visit to the location of the AES Conservation Project at the Bersted Brooks Open Space, Bognor Regis.
- In August the AES website was selected as one of the fifty best wildlife websites in Britain by BBC Countryfile Magazine.
- Our Annual Exhibition in October was one of the biggest and best attended yet. There were more dealers' tables booked than ever, and visitors were able to pore over an impressive display of books, specimens and equipment. Adult and junior exhibits were presented and the Bradford Award was won by Dr David Oram with Theo Tamblyn winning the Ansorge Award.
- In November the Society announced The Michael Majerus Grant for entomological projects. The award will be available from 2010 and will support new projects which aim to advance amateur entomological study, research or education. Projects involving the promotion of entomology amongst the young will be viewed particularly favourably.
- During December the Society was notified that it had received funding from the OPAL project and W.F.Southall Trust for promotional materials/IT equipment and to support an AES Bug Garden project respectively.
In addition to the highlights already mentioned the Amateur Entomologists' Society published six issues each of the Entomologist's Record, The Bulletin and the Bug Club Magazine (now a joint publication with the Royal Entomological Society) and three issues of Invertebrate Conservations News. Between them, our periodicals contained several hundred articles covering a huge range of topics and providing a wealth of information on insects and other invertebrates.
The AES also ran or attended 19 events during 2009 and so there was plenty of opportunity for members to get together.
The Amateur Entomologists' Society celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2010 and we'll be building on the achievements of 2009 to offer even more to our members in our anniversary year. So, as 2009 draws to a close and with an exciting year ahead, it's time for members to renew their membership and, if you're not a member already, there's never been a better time to join the Amateur Entomologists' Society.
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