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British Pteridological Society

The British Pteridological Society was founded in the Lake District in 1891 and soon became the focal point for fern enthusiasts throughout the British Isles.[1] Today it continues to provide a wide range of information about ferns and other pteridophytes, through its web site and by publishing regular journals, leaflets and books, and organising formal talks, informal discussions and outdoor meetings. The international membership includes those interested in gardening, natural history and botany, both amateur and professional. It is a friendly society run on a voluntary basis.

The objects of the society are to promote all aspects of pteridology by encouraging the appreciation, conservation, cultivation and scientific study of ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts through publications, meetings, the provision of grants and other appropriate means.[1]

The origins and early history of the BPS at the time of "Pteridomania" is described in the book The Victorian Fern Craze.[2] The BPS celebrated its centenary in 1991; amongst other things, it was marked by the publication of the book, A World of Ferns.[3]

The British Pteridological Society is a registered charity: No. 1092399.[4] The BPS has as its Patron HRH The Prince of Wales.[5]


The British Pteridological Society publishes a number of works, which promote pteridology:

  • The Fern Gazette
  • The Pteridologist
  • The Bulletin


External links

  • Fern World: web site of the British Pteridological Society
  • BPS Fern Forum

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