The Balfour~Browne Club

The Club was set up in 1976 and is named after Professor Frank Balfour-Browne, who pioneered field studies and biological recording in general, and did so much to promote the study of water beetles.

The Club functions as an international study group, with yearly meetings, and maintains joint stewardship of the recording scheme with ACCT.

The Club produces a newsletter, Latissimus, some back numbers of which are available here.

The Club also now has a Facebook Page……..whatever next?


9-12 June  2017

A new country for our annual meeting! We will be based at Sint-Niklaas, which is quite easily accessed by train from the main Brussels airport (Zaventem). Kevin Scheers is putting together a programme of visits which will be displayed on in due course. For those who have not attended in the past please note this is not like other meetings. Organisation is kept to a minimum, trying to make sure that people are in roughly the same place at the same time, and that we have access to some interesting sites without fear of being imprisoned. That’s it. The rest is up to you.  But make sure we know when you are arriving.

There are usually enough hire cars at our meetings to accommodate extra participants.

Four hotels are suggested, arranged roughly in order of costs.

  • Serwir Hotel ****, Koningin Astridlaan 57, 9100 Sint-Niklaas +32 3 778 05 11 We will probably use this hotel as the meeting point morning in their large external carpark.
  • IBIS Hotel***, Hemelaerstraat 2, 9100 Sint Nitklaas +32 3 231 31 41
  • Hotel New Flanders***, Stationsplein 5, 9100 Sint-Niklaas +32 98 28 25
  • Hotel De Spiegel Stationsstraat 3 9100, Sint Niklaas Tel. +32 3 776 34 37

There will be a more detailed programme available at the meeting, but the plan is to visit the best sites on Friday. 9 June, Saturday 10 June, and Sunday 11 June, with a few extra sites available on  Monday who those leaving late. Kevin can advise anyone staying longer on other suitable locations. Permits can be issued when we know who is attending the meeting

9 June – sites with a high pH and conductivity (with Characeae, and oligohaline to brackish sites) with the following notable species: Gyrinus caspius, Gyrinus paykulliYola bicarinata, Hydrovatus cuspidatus, Nebrioporus canaliculatus, Hygrotus parallellogrammus, H. nigrolineatus, Graptodytes bilineatus, Hydroporus tessellatus, Agabus conspersus, Rhantus frontalis and Graphoderus cinereus.

10 June – this will depend on how successful Kevin is in getting permits, hopefully oligotrophic sites in a heathland area with species as Bidessus grossepunctatus, Hydroporus obscurus, H. neglectus, H. scalesianus, Agabus affinis, A. congener, A. labiatus, Ilybius aenescens, Ilybius montanus, Rhantus suturellus, Laccophilus poecilus, Graphoderus zonatus and Dytiscus lapponicus.

11 June – more mesotrophic sites (also sites with lots of Characeae) with Gyrinus paykulli, Hydrovatus cuspidatus, Graptodytes granularis, both Suphrodytes, Agabus uliginosus, Rhantus grapii and Dytiscus dimidiatus. (the last site has the invasive plant Crassula helmsii, so there should be no more visits after this).

So, book your accommodation and send Kevin ( know your estimated dates and times of arrival and leaving. UK participants – also let GNF know ( to see if joint travel is possible.