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.
'Black' and Grey Squirrels photographed together by Tim Hill in Harpenden on 22 January 2017
Winter has provided photographers among our members with good opportunities to photograph 'Black' Squirrels – a melanistic form of the familiar Grey Squirrel. 'Black' Squirrels were first observed in Letchworth over a century ago and are increasingly found across eastern England. Recent research at Anglia Ruskin University has attributed the black coat to a small genetic difference that results in a squirrel's hair cells only forming the black eumelanin pigment.
Black (melanistic) form of Grey Squirrel photographed by Simon West near Letchworth on 30 November 2016
Photos of Hertfordshire wildlife can be found in the photo galleries here and in the Flora group and Bird Club websites. All the latest natural history news can be found on our news page. The latest and past newsletters can be downloaded here.