An outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist

Tom Gladwin has figured prominently as a naturalist in Hertfordshire since the 1950s and is still actively contributing today.

Brought up at Hertford and educated at Hertford Grammar School, he worked for the County Council for many years and is an ordained Church of England minister. He and his wife Janet, who shares his interests, have lived in Digswell for the last 50 years.

Starting off as a bird watcher, he was involved in establishing Rye Meads Ringing Group, and has been a long-term active member of the Herts Bird Club, contributing many articles and notes. Nationally he has been Chairman of the British Ornithologists’ Club (BOC), a committee member of the BOU and has a special interest in the history of ornithology. He co-authored The Birds of Hertfordshire, published in 1986 and is taking part in the field work for the current Bird Atlas.

He has strong entomological interests, including being Recorder for Lacewings (Neuroptera) for the Society, and past Recorder for Dragonflies, co-authoring Dragonflies and Damselflies of Hertfordshire, published by the Society in 2008. He also has an interest in local railways.

Tom has served at various times on the Society’s committees. He has also had a very active role over the years with the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, having been instrumental in establishing Lemsford Springs and Amwell Nature Reserves, among others. He has had an active role over many years with both the Hertfordshire branch of the British Naturalists’ Association and the Welwyn Natural History Society, as well as formerly with the London Natural History Society