He's a jolly good fellow


Peter Bridgewater shaking hands with Dr Vaughan Southgate, President of the Linnean Society, following the formal admission during which Peter signed the Roll and Charter of the Society.JNCC’s Chair, Peter Bridgewater, has been formally admitted as a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788, the Society takes its name from the great Swedish naturalist, Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) who developed the system of binominal nomenclature, the formal system for naming species. This system today provides the fundamental framework for knowledge of the biota of the Earth, supporting effective conservation measures and the sustainable use of biodiversity. Since 1829 the Society has been the custodian of the Linnaeus original library and collections, and is creating a digital archive, enabling full global access.


The Society’s Fellowship is international and its Fellows are drawn from all walks of life, including professional scientists and amateur naturalists.