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Advance your science and your career as a member of the British Ecological Society.

We are a welcoming and inclusive home for everyone in ecology. Join a global community united by a passion for understanding nature and how it enriches our world and our lives.

Why should I join?

Free access to our Journals – Access to all content from our 7 in-house journals

Publishing discounts – Contribute your ecological research by publishing in one of our journals

Apply to Grants – In an average year, we support the global ecological community with over £350,000 in grants

Take part in our Photo Competition – Share your amazing photographs of nature and your work in Ecology for the chance to win some great prizes

Discount on Events and Meetings – You can save up to 70% on registration fees for our events like the Annual Meeting

Training & Mentoring opportunities – Develop your career and build lifelong relationships

Quarterly copy of The Niche – Read all about the BES, Ecology, and people just like you in our magazine! Check out the 2022 Autumn issue, which is currently free to read!

Networking opportunities – Collaborate with people who are just as passionate as you are in your field

Help shape the future of the BES – Support a community that is working towards a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology

Find a full list of benefits here.

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£51 by Direct Debit / £61 Credit or Debit Card


£25 by Direct Debit / £30 by Credit or Debit card

  • Reduced – open to anyone who is a resident in a low or lower-middle income country as classified by the World Bank. This option is also available to anyone who is currently unemployed.

  • Retired – open to anyone who is retired from full-time employment.

  • Students*

Both our membership options include the same benefits and membership is paid per annum.

12 months free for students!

We also offer a 12 month free student membership for anyone studying an ecology or ecology-related degree who is an Undergraduate, Master’s or 1st year PhD student.

Please choose the 12 months free student membership option when prompted during the membership sign up process to select this offer.

12 months members receive a digital copy of The Niche during their 12 months free and will receive a print copy if they choose to renew.

Pay by Direct Debit and save up to 18%

We now offer the option of paying by recurring payment (Direct Debit) in 37 countries across the world!

Setting up a recurring payment is quick and easy! Simply select ‘Direct Debit’ at checkout to create your mandate via our secure form.

All you need is a bank account from our list of eligible countries. Payments will be collected in your home currency and may be cancelled at any time.

Which countries are eligible for Direct Debit?

As well as the UK & Eurozone we are now able to accept recurring payments from 6 new countries:

  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • United States of America

The full list of eligible countries can be found here

How much could I save if I pay by Direct Debit?

Click here for our membership price list and find out how much you could save!


The following extras are also available for all membership types in addition to your membership fee:

  • eJournals – Access to online journal content is included in you membership, however if you would like access to our journals pre-1998 via JSTOR it will cost £9 per annum

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