Hertfordshire Natural History Society

Sat 03 Nov 2018 (2pm to 5.30pm)

The Society's Autumn Meeting and Annual General Meeting will take place from 2pm to 5.30pm on Saturday 3 November at the offices of Affinity Water, Tamblin Way, Hatfield AL10 9EZ.

The speakers include amateur limacology enthusiast Chris du Feu, whose presentation on 'Slugs: why bother?' will include an identification workshop – with live specimens to be contributed by the audience!

Matt Dodd, Planning and Biodiversity Manager with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, will talk about his role supporting conservation through monitoring development proposals.

There will also be an update from Chantal Helm on the Hertfordshire mammal, amphibian and reptile atlas (MARA) project as the countywide survey approaches its final year.  The meeting will also include the presentation of the Society's prestigious 1875 Awards for 2018, which are made to "an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist" and "an outstanding contributor to natural history in Hertfordshire".

2.00: Welcome – Agneta Burton, HNHS Chair.

2.05: Slugs, why bother? – Chris de Feu - as featured on BBC Springwatch 2018 (and co-founder of the Tree Slug Appreciation Society with Chris Packham)

3:05: Progress update on the Hertfordshire Mammal, Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) and the current Hertfordshire barbastelle bat survey – Chantal Helm, Herts Natural History Society.

3.25: The HNHS 1875 Awards for 2018 presented to Kerry Robinson and Graham White

3.40: Refreshments break,  including a  slug identification workshop with Chris de Feu - bring your own finds for Chris to help you identify.  There will also be an opportunity to visit displays and the HNHS bookstall. Herts County Wildlife Recorders will be available to answer questions about recording and monitoring in the county.

4.15 HNHS Annual General Meeting

4:30 Habitat protection, enhancement and creation - the planning work of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust - Matt Dodds, Planning and Biodiversity Manager, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

5.15: Summing up and raffle draw.

Admission to the AGM, which will take place during the conference, is free of charge to HNHS members. However, there will be a £5 entry charge for the rest of the meeting. 

We are once again grateful to Affinity Water for kindly hosting the Autumn Meeting.

There is ample on-site car parking on a one-way system around the building.

Hatfield railway station is almost 2 miles from Tamblin Way by road. Bus services run to the Galleria Shopping Centre, less than 10 minutes walk from the conference venue.  Please check timetables before travelling.

Organised by: Hertfordshire Natural History Society