BTS Lectures

15th BTS Lectures & Dinner

March 4th 2017

“Never seem to have the time to socialise properly at the BTS Exhibition? “
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Now’s your chance! If you are interested in attending the BTS Lectures please contact:  Kim Pennell Spaces are limited so it’s first come first served.  To see what you have missed over the years take a look at the Gallery section of this web site.



Friday  March 3rd: 7.30 pm, pre lectures evening get-together *dinner, drinks, meet in the hotel bar (* if staying on the 2 night package!
) NEW for 2017 pre- order your Friday Meal!

Saturday March 4th: 12 noon, BTS Lectures

Venue: The Cotswold Suite

Aztec Hotel and Spa, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol Date: Saturday 4th March 2017

Ticket price: (per person): Lecture and Dinner: £60 (includes online fees and free entry to the BTS Exhibition*)
Lectures only: £30
Dinner only for guests: £30

Registration: 11.00 – 11.30am 
 Lectures to start: 12 noon
 Lectures to finish: 6.30 pm approx

 Dinner to start: 7.30 pm approx

Lecturers: All times approx and subject to change.

12.00 noon : Peter Kirk 

12.30 pm: Richard Gallon: – Tarantula Taxonomy: methods, equipment and practicalities  See bio

1.15 pm: Paul Carpenter and Guy Tansley Zimbabwe 2015 “murinus, I presume? See bio

2.15 pm: Coffee, Tea and Biscuits or visit the Bar

2.45pm: Mark Pennell: Borneo land of the head hunters  – The search for the tree spider of the Hutan  See bio

3.30pm: Eddy Hijmensen: Revisit to the Yucatan peninsula     See bio

4.15 pm: Coffee, Tea and Biscuits or visit the Bar

4.30 pm: Dr. Benjamin Kennedy BSc. MSc. BVetMed MRCVS: Reference Intervals for Plasma Biochemistry of Haemolymph in Chilean Rose Tarantulas See bio 

5.30pm: Dave Clarke ZSL – London Zoo’s ‘In with the Spiders’

6.30pm: Lectures finish

7.30 pm Dinner followed by bar until late (or until you drop).

After Dinner we will be presenting Andrew M Smiths new DVD: History of the BTS

MENU: Hot fork buffet and choice of desserts.  Vegetarian option available.


If you have any special dietary requirements please inform me at the time of booking.


Staying at the Aztec Hotel & Spa

All the prices and information for 2017 click here

If you would like to bring guests, who do not wish to attend the lectures but would like to join us for dinner we are happy to accommodate them.  The hotel will gladly allow the use of their facilities whilst the lectures are in progress.  The cost for this would be £30.00 for the dinner only.

Payment details: You will need to book your place by 10th February 2017 and payment must be received no later than 10th Feb 2017.

Book online with the BTS e-store.  Cheques must be received by February 1st 2017

You do not have to a member of the BTS to attend.  Under 16’s are welcome but must to properly supervised at all times.  All dinner and lecture tickets by advance bookings only.  Refunds on cancelled places before 31st January will incur a small admin charge. No refunds can be given after 12th February 2017.

NOTE:  The selling of tarantulas is strictly forbidden, you may exchange or swap tarantulas.  It’s an ideal place to pass on males etc.  The use of video equipment during the lectures will be restricted to official use only.  Photographs are permitted within reason.  Any live tarantulas must not be visible to the public and other hotel guests.

* Free entry to the BTS Exhibition 2017, non transferable non refundable, please wear your wristband to the event or you will be charged on entry. Prices and times are subject to change without prior notice.

Kim Pennell B.T.S. Lectures and Dinner Organiser


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