THE SOCIETY FOR FERN ENTHUSIASTS”
The Society was founded in the Lake District in 1891 and soon became the focal point for fern enthusiasts throughout the British Isles.
The BPS continues to provide a wide range of information about ferns, through its website 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
All members receive the Bulletin, which gives news about the Society and reports of its activities, and the Pteridologist, which contains articles and book reviews for the amateur enthusiast and grower of ferns and their varieties. The Fern Gazette is for those whose interests extend further to the botany of ferns, and contains scientific articles on ferns and allied plants world wide. Members not wishing to receive The Fern Gazette pay a reduced subscription. Special Publications are produce on an ad-hoc basis and have to be paid for individually
During the winter Indoor Meetings are held, with talks, exhibits and informal discussions. In the summer there are Garden Visits and Field Meetings (day, weekend and week) in fern-rich parts of the country and overseas, to see, record and study ferns in the field and to enable those with little or no previous experience to become more familiar with species in their natural habitats. Academic meetings are held from time to time, including international symposia.
Spore Exchange: receives a worldwide selection of fern spores from various sources and distributes them to members. Plant Exchange Scheme: offers the opportunity to obtain species and varieties of hardy and greenhouse ferns that are not readily available from commercial nurseries and enables good homes to be found for surplus plants. Booksales Service: gives members the opportunity to acquire old fern books not easily obtainable through normal sources, as well as new books hot off the press! Regional Groups: give opportunities for meeting with other fern enthusiasts in your own area. Special Interest Groups: provide opportunities for members with similar interests to share ideas and experiences. Reading Circle: passes the American Fern Journal among interested members. Merchandise: is available to members, including polo shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, ties, mugs, bags, notepaper and greetings cards.