The Herts Invertebrate Project is an initiative to promote the recording of invertebrates in Herts through the organisation of a calendar of site surveys. It was founded in 2015 by Joe Gray and William Bishop, with two main objectives: increasing the number of invertebrate records being made at a variety of key sites across the county, especially for under-recorded species groups; and offering an environment in which newcomers to recording can develop their confidence and skills and, thus, ultimately helping to increase the number of people with the interest and ability to contribute to biological recording.
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Invertebrate recording at Bovingdon Brickworks (Box Moor Trust)
Sat 24 Sep 2016
In the tenth and final meeting of the year, the Herts Invertebrate Project visited the Box Moor Trust's site at Bovingdon Brickworks. David Kirk, Chair of the Trust, kindly led us round the site.
Among the species found on the day was the Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus), pictured to the left.
Invertebrate recording at Amwell Nature Reserve
Sat 27 Aug 2016
The group returned to Amwell Nature Reserve, after visiting it during its first year in 2015.
Pictured to the left is the deer fly Chrysops relictus, one of the more eye-catching species recorded on the day.
Invertebrate recording at Fir and Pond Woods near Potters Bar
Sat 13 Aug 2016
David Gompertz led the group round the reserve at Fir and Pond Woods on a day that started out dull but brightened up just after noon. The unimproved grassland in the central meadow was particularly enjoyable, with its richness and abundance of invertebrates.
One of the species highlights of the day was the sighting of a Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia), which is pictured to the left.
Invertebrate recording at Gaddesden Meadows near Hemel Hempstead
Sat 30 Jul 2016
The group enjoyed another fine day in the meadows around the village of Great Gaddesden. One of the more visually attractive species found on the day was a Vapourer moth (Orgyia antiqua) caterpillar, pictured to the left.
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