Covid-19: Stay safe, stay home and protect the NHS
While Hertfordshire Natural History Society and the Herts Bird Club continue to welcome wildlife records submitted through our websites, we urge everyone to play their part in restricting the spread of the Covid-19 virus by observing Government rules. Let us know about interesting sightings from home or during once-a-day exercise, but do not make unnecessary journeys to view wildlife and please do take recommended hygeine precautions and observe social distancing while outside.
Public gatherings of more than two people are banned. We are playing our part in discouraging them by not publishing information we receive about sightings of rare species that might otherwise attract group interest. Observers who find rarities can safely record them knowing they will be treated as confidential while the current emergency lasts.
We hope you will stay safe – and maybe find time to discover more about the wildlife around your own home. The Herts Bird Challenge, scheduled for 25 April has been cancelled, but enjoy taking part in The Great Herts Garden Bird Count which the Bird Club has organised instead. The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust website also offers helpful advice about discovering wildlife on your doorstep and wildlife gardening.
Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major) in a St Albans garden, April 2020 © David Utting
We promote the study and recording of wildlife in Hertfordshire and encourage a wider interest in natural history including the conservation of wildlife, habitats and geological features.
Our members share an interest in nature and observing and studying wildlife. We get real value from your observations by coordinating and compiling everyone’s records to build up a comprehensive picture of the state of wildlife in the county. This helps us understand how it is changing over time in response to the pressures of modern life and climate change.