The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

About us

Founded in 1876 the Conchological Society is one of the longest established societies devoted to the study of molluscs. The Society:

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Field Meetings 2021

Numerous Covid-19 issues affected the Conchological Society’s 2020 meeting programme. Unfortunately, disruption and uncertainty continue into 2021. For further details of the field meeting programme follow this link or visit Mollusc World 55 (page 30).

NOTE: Several of the field meetings are included with alternative dates or are subject to cancellation. Please check this website for updates which will appear no later than two weeks before the meeting.

Main Meetings 2021

For details, please visit the Main Meetings page or, Mollusc World 55 (page 28).

NOTE: Meetings on April 17th and July 24th are Zoom only; those on 16th October and 11th December may be held in the Natural History Museum and / or be Zoom meetings. See future Mollusc World editions and this website for updates.

The Cheese Snail gains an MP Species Champion!

In February 2021 the Conchological Society learnt that it had been successful in recruiting Gillian Keegan, M.P. for the Chichester constituency, to become a Species Champion for the Cheese Snail Helicodonta obvoluta.

"Cheese Snail, image copyright MJ Willing"

For further information on the Cheese Snail and Species Champions, click here.

Species Accounts, image browse and index


Join or renew membership

Membership of the Society is open to everyone. Find out more about the benefits of membership and how to join the Society or renew your membership.

Make a payment

Use the above link to make a payment or donation to support the work of the Society.

Land Snail Identification Guide

New 3rd edition now available. No new species have been added, but the nomenclature of many genera and species has been updated and the clarity of the images improved.

Laminated card, folded into 12 sides of 25 X 16 cm with photographs showing multiple views of each and every known British and Irish species and 11 hothouse non-natives.

Price including postage: £3.50 each for 1-4 copies or, £15.00 for five copies. For larger orders write to:

Click here for more information.

Click here for FREE back issues 8 - 26 of Mollusc World



However, we are very pleased to invite you to join our online meetings using the ‘Zoom’ platform. Further details of the programme at Conchological Society Online Meetings.

Please check for updates in Upcoming Events and News Bulletins in left side menus on this Home Page.