Despite being what some visitors have described as a ‘hidden gem’, former president of the Bournemouth Natural Science Society has fears for the charity’s future in generations to come.
This follows entomology expert and, at the time of interviewing, head of the society, Mark Spencer, telling BUzz news that his main concern was that there is currently no one who can continue running the society.
Mark explained that they are not getting enough young people who can devote their time to filling in important roles, that they simply don’t have the spare time in their lives and are not aware of the society’s existence.
As a result, the majority of their staff are elderly people who have retired and have plenty of free time on their hands.
“It terrifies me,” he said, not just because it means they often find themselves under-staffed, but because there is currently no one from younger generations who can take over important roles and continue running the society when its current members are no longer able to do so.
Therefore one of their main priorities he said is to “find the next generation.”
One way they are trying to do this is through the Young Explorers programme, which hosts a variety of science-orientated activities aimed at 7 to 12 year old’s throughout the year.
BNSS website: http://bnss.org.uk/