The Herts Invertebrate Project is an initiative to promote the recording of invertebrates in Herts through the organisation of a calendar of site surveys.
The programme is co-organised by William Bishop and Joe Gray, who are both enthusiastic amateur naturalists. The overall objective is to increase the number of invertebrate records being made at a variety of key sites across the county, especially for under-recorded species groups. The meetings are open to all.
The Herts Invertebrate Project is also run with the aims of 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.
Get in touch
To find out more about the project, to join the mailing list, or to an express an interest in attending a meeting, please contact Joe Gray using this contact form.
Invertebrate recording at Northaw Great Wood near Cuffley
Sat 16 Jul 2016
A pleasant day was spent in fine weather, with much recording effort focused on the wood's rides and heathy glades.
Among the species found on the day was the longhorn beetle Rutpela maculata, pictured to the left. Other highlights included Silver-washed and Dark-green Fritillaries.
Full species list in preparation
Invertebrate recording at Therfield Heath SSSI near Royston
Sat 04 Jun 2016
Over the course of the meeting, the weather changed from thick fog (at 9.15am) to bright sunshine (at 6.30pm). Other than the Heath Snail (Helicella itala), pictured to the left, which was present in large numbers, there were few butterflies or other invertebrates found on Church Hill. However, surrounding paths and woodland did yield some good records.
Invertebrate recording at Rothamsted, Harpenden
Sat 21 May 2016
Despite threatening weather, the group managed six hours of field time and accumulated a number of very interesting records. One of the more striking species encountered on the day was the Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis), pictured to the left.
Invertebrate recording at Panshanger Park near Hertford
Sat 07 May 2016
This was an excellent meeting all-round, although it proved to be particularly good for terrestrial Heteroptera, of which were found two nationally scarce species as well as several other insects that were new for the 10-km square. These included the Turtle Shieldbug (Podops inuncta), pictured to the left.