Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire
Entomological Society




The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society (DaNES) is committed to protecting your privacy and security. This policy explains how and why we use your personal data, to ensure you remain informed and in control of your information.

DaNES will ask its members and supporters to “opt-in” for marketing communications. This means you’ll have the choice as to whether you want to receive these messages and be able to select how you want to receive them (email, phone or post).

You can decide not to receive these communications or change how we contact you at any time. If you wish to do so please contact the Secretary by email: or by post: The Secretary, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society, 74 Clumber Street, Kirby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7NG

We will never sell your personal data, and will only ever share it with organisations we work with where necessary and if its privacy and security are guaranteed.

Any questions you have in relation to this policy or how we use your personal data should be sent to the contact address above.


Your personal data (i.e. any information which identifies you, or which can be identified as relating to you personally) will be collected and used by the The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society (UK charity no. 519240). It will be held on a database for the sole use of DaNES, as set out in the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) as amended by the Data Protection Act 2018.

The lawful basis for DaNES collecting and processing your data is either:

  • on the basis of your consent,  or
  • as required for the performance of your contract of membership with DaNES,  or
  • as required for compliance with a legal obligation to which DaNES is subject.

We’ll only use your information for the purpose or purposes for which it was collected.


Personal data you provide We collect data you provide to us, such as information you give when joining the Society, making a donation, placing an order or communicating with us. For example: personal details (name, email, address, telephone); whether payments are gift-aided; and details of your interests.

If you join DaNES as a family, details of all members will be recorded along with your relationship to each other. For our junior members, parental consent will be sought before processing or storing personal data, and the details of a parent or guardian will also be recorded along with your relationship to each other.

We process cheques, bank transfers and online payments, but we do not collect or retain your financial data, only a record of transactions.

Information created by your membership of DaNES:  We collect data about your activities and involvement with DaNES (details of how you’ve helped us by being involved with our surveys; attendance at field and/or indoor meetings (including photographs); receipt of DaNES or other related publications). If you decide to donate to us then we will keep records of when and how much you give and whether it is for a particular reason.

Information from third parties and non-members:  We sometimes receive personal data about individuals from third parties. For example, if we are partnering with another organisation (e.g. you provide your information to another charity we’re collaborating with on a conservation project). We occasionally receive personal data from non-members, for example specifically related to the ordering of publications or recording attendance at a meeting.

Occasionally, we may collect information about speakers, collaborating naturalists or similar individuals (e.g. particularly well known or influential people) from public sources. This could include public databases, news or other media. We don’t do this to everyone, and it is the exception not the rule.

Sensitive personal data:  We do not normally collect or store sensitive personal data (such as information relating to health, beliefs or political affiliation) about supporters and members. However there are some situations where this will occur (e.g. if you volunteer with us or if you have an accident on one of field meetings). In this situation, we’ll take extra care to ensure your privacy rights are protected.

Volunteering:   If you are a volunteer (whether specifically for DaNES, or if you are helping us for other reasons - for example you work/volunteer for another organisation which is running an event with us) then we may collect extra information about you (e.g. details of emergency contacts, medical conditions etc.). This information will be retained for legal reasons, to protect us (including in the event of an insurance or legal claim) and for safeguarding purposes.

Accidents or incidents:   If an accident or incident occurs at one of our events or involving one of our volunteers then we’ll keep a record of it for the recommended period of up to 7 years (which may include personal data and sensitive personal data). If there is an incident or accident involving someone under 18, we are required by law to keep the information relating to this at least until their 21st birthday. 


Marketing:  We may use personal data to communicate with people, to promote DaNES and to help with fundraising. This includes keeping you up to date with our news, updates, meetings and fundraising information. For further information on this please see  Section 6 Marketing.

Administration:  We use personal data for administrative purposes (i.e. to carry on our charity work), including:

·         receiving donations (e.g. direct debits or gift-aid instructions);

·         maintaining a database of our members;

·         performing our obligations under membership contracts;

·         fulfilling orders for our publications or other goods;

·         helping us respect your choices and preferences.

Membership profiling:  We hold data on the interests of our members, if they have provided it to us. This data may be published (with members’ consent) in issues of the Journal, newsletter or in membership lists. Understanding the interests of our members helps members with similar interests to contact one another and helps DaNES provide a better experience (e.g. through more relevant communications).

We do not carry out any other form of profiling.


We will never sell your personal data.

The membership data is disclosed where necessary to the Society’s Officers for the sole purpose of administering membership subscriptions and fulfilling the membership contract. We will only allow Officers to process or store your data if it will be adequately protected.

Occasionally a membership list will be published to enable members to contact one another. Updates to this list (contact details of new members or changes of address etc. for existing members) are published in the Journal or newsletter. You may choose how much of your data is published in these forms and none of this personal data will be published without your express consent. It could include your name, address, email address (where applicable), entomological interests and a small amount of other information in certain cases (e.g. if you are a life member, honorary member or past president). The Members’ List is intended to allow members to contact other members with similar interests or in their local area. It will be circulated in hard copy to all members; we ask members to use it for DaNES purposes only, not share the data outside the DaNES, and store the list securely, but we are not able to guarantee the security of your data once it is published.

Your presence at and/or involvement in Committee or AGM meetings will be recorded in the minutes, which form part of the historical record of the DaNES. 

Your presence at and/or involvement in field meetings or other DANES events may be recorded in Officers' reports or mentioned in articles published about the event (online or in print); we will endeavour to remind you at the beginning of events of this potential use of your name. If DaNES takes photographs at an event, we will seek consent of any identifiable people before using it in our publications or online. At the beginning of an event, we will offer you the chance to request not to be photographed for DaNES purposes. 

Occasionally, where we partner with other organisations, we may also share information with them (for example, if you register to attend an event being jointly organised by us and another charity). We’ll only share information when necessary and we’ll make sure to notify you first.

Society Officers:  The contact details of key contacts (such as the Society’s Officers and recorders) are also published in the Members’ List, in our publications such as the journal and on the website ( ), but in each case only when your specific consent has been obtained.

Insect records submitted to DaNES:  The Society, or persons nominated to act on behalf of the Society, will not release personal data (such as addresses associated with recorders' names) to enquirers without the express agreement of the originator of that data. Records will remain the property of the recorder at all times.

If a member of, or contributor to, the Society does not wish his/her insect records to be available for release to enquirers, then he/she must inform the Society in writing. Any member or contributor of data to the Society may make a separate data release agreement with the Society.

The Society reserves the right to withhold or impose restrictions on the release of particular records or data of a sensitive nature at any time if such action is deemed appropriate.


DANES will ask its supporters to ‘opt-in’ to receive most communications. This includes all our marketing communications (the term ‘marketing’ is broadly defined and, for instance, covers information about conservation and DaNES – see below). This means you’ll have the choice as to whether you want to receive these messages and be able to select how you want to receive them (post, phone, email).

Changing your mind:  You can decide not to receive communications or change how we contact you at any time, by contacting the Secretary by email: or by post: The Secretary, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society, 74 Clumber Street, Kirby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7NG

What does ‘marketing’ mean?

Marketing does not just mean offering things for sale, but also includes news and information about:

  • the Society, projects, meetings and workshops and conservation work;
  • our role in educating the public in the identification, recording and conservation of insects;
  • Society benefits and offers;
  • volunteering opportunities and how you can help conserve insects;
  • appeals and fundraising (including donations etc.);
  • Society meetings, events and activities;
  • products, services and offers (our own, and those of third parties which may interest you);
  • leaving a legacy; and
  • participation in projects.

Publications:  Our journal and newsletter as well as other occasional publications, are provided as a benefit to our members. We send these out to all of our members (unless you specifically ask us not to) and you can choose to unsubscribe from general marketing communications without giving up your subscription to these regular publications. However, please be aware that the journal and newsletter may include advertisements, and fundraising information.

Fundraising:  As a charity, we rely on membership subscriptions, donations and support from others to continue our work. Very occasionally, we may contact members and supporters with fundraising material and communications. As with other marketing communications, we’ll only contact you specifically about fundraising if you’ve opted into to receiving marketing from us (and you can, of course, unsubscribe at any time).


Photographs, pictures, stories and competitions in our magazines:  We want young people to join in our indoor and field meetings and other activities. There are opportunities in journal and newsletter for readers to share their photos, stories and pictures. If we publish your child’s picture, photo or story, we’ll usually include their first name and age with it. If they write an article or story for us, we might also include their surname alongside it.

If your child is under 18 then we’ll need permission from you as their parent or guardian for them to share a picture, photo or story with us.

We take great care to protect and respect the rights of individuals in relation to their personal data, especially in the case of children. If your child is under 18, we’ll only use their personal data with your consent. This means that, for example, if your child wants to have their name or picture featured in our magazines, we’ll need you to confirm you’re happy for us to do so.

Marketing Information: We will not send marketing emails, letters or make calls to under 18 year-olds in order to request donations

Junior membership and young people’s information:  DaNES adult membership is available to individuals aged 18 and over. Under 18s can have DaNES junior membership purchased for them by an adult. Parental consent will be sought before processing or storing personal data, and the details of a parent or guardian will also be recorded along with your relationship to each other. We will not use young people’s personal data for marketing purposes. If a member turns 19 and wishes to join DaNES as an adult, some of the personal data we hold about that individual (e.g. youth membership history) will be carried over to their adult member details.


We employ a variety of physical and technical measures to make sure your data is protected from unauthorised access, loss, manipulation, falsification, destruction or unauthorised disclosure. 

Electronic data and databases are stored on secure computer systems and we control who has access to information (using both physical and electronic means). Our Society’s Hon. Officers are required to follow data protection procedures when handling personal data.


Where we store information:  DaNES is based in the UK and we store our data within the European Union.

How long we store information:  We will only use and store information for so long as it is required for the purposes for which it was collected. How long information will be stored for depends on the information in question and what it is being used for. For example, if you ask us not to send you marketing emails, we will stop storing your email address for marketing purposes (though we’ll keep a record of your preference not to be emailed).

After you cease your membership, we will reduce your information to a minimum record for the purposes of reactivating your membership if you so request or for the purpose of recording the history of DaNES. We will contact you from time to time during a period of eighteen months if your membership has lapsed unless you ask us to cease contact. We continually review what information we hold and delete what is no longer required.


We want to ensure you remain in control of your personal data. Part of this is making sure you understand your legal rights, which are as follows:

  • the right to confirmation as to whether or not we have your personal data and, if we do, to obtain a copy of the personal information we hold (this is known as subject access request);
  • the right to have your data deleted.  Please note, we cannot fulfil your membership contract without holding and processing your data ;
  • the right to have inaccurate data corrected; and
  • the right to object to your data being used for purposes other than those for which it has been collected.

Please keep in mind that there are exceptions to the rights above and, though we will always try to respond to your satisfaction, there may be situations where we are unable to do so.

If you would like further information on your rights or wish to exercise them, please write to the Secretary by email: or by post: The Secretary, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society, 74 Clumber Street, Kirby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7NG

Complaints:  You can complain to the DaNES directly by contacting the Secretary using the contact details given above. If you are not happy with our response, or you believe that your data protection or privacy rights have been infringed, you can complain to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office which regulates and enforces data protection law in the UK. Details of how to do this can be found at


Our website contains hyperlinks to other websites. We are not responsible for the content or functionality of any of those external websites.

If an external website requests personal information from you (e.g. in connection with an order for goods or services), the information you provide will not be covered by the DaNES Privacy Policy. We suggest you read the privacy policy of any website before providing any personal information.

When purchasing goods or services from any of the commercial businesses that our site links to, you will be entering into a contract with them (agreeing to their terms and conditions) and not with DaNES.


We will update this Privacy Policy from time to time to ensure it remains up-to-date and accurately reflects how and why we use your personal data. The current version of our Privacy Policy will always be posted here.

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