Membership of the British Arachnological Society (BAS) is open to everyone interested in arachnids, from beginners to professional academic arachnologists, in the UK and overseas, and therefore we provide a wide range of content in our publications, website and activities.
(Membership is not available to institutions (libraries, universities, etc) - they must take out a subscription to the Society's publications.)
The BAS is the only UK society devoted to the study of all spiders, harvestmen, pseudoscorpions, as well as 'Tarantulas', scorpions, and other groups. We continue to grow our public profile, with increased media coverage and events attendance, promoting the study and understanding of spiders and other arachnids. We can only do this with the direct help of our enthusiastic members. We manage the Spider and Harvestman Recording Schemes, which map the distribution of British species, as well as recording their habitats and life cycles. Our expert knowledge and advice to other bodies, including governmental, helps to underpin the conservation of the UK's rare arachnid species.
We have two membership categories - UK Membership and Overseas Membership.
All memberships are fixed from January to December, so renewal is always due at the start of the calendar year.
New membership is effective January of the current year, and so the new member will receive any Newsletter and Arachnology issues that they may have missed in the current year as a 'catch-up'.