This calendar has been compiled by the Hertfordshire Natural History Society (HNHS) on behalf of natural history organisations in Hertfordshire. The type of event is colour coded: Outdoor events, Indoor meetings.

Wed 26 Sep 2018 (9.45 am)

Morning walk on Nomansland Common & Heartwood Forest

A half day birdwatching walk led by Ann and Roger Doubleday.

Time: 9.45 am, contact Ann or Roger for details of where to meet (annrogerbw@gmail.com)

Optional £1 donation to the RSPB.

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Fri 05 Oct 2018 (7.30pm)

Hedgehogs and Water Voles: 'Prickly, but sweet, and Ratty, too!'

Paul Wyer of Wildlife Trust Beds, Cambs. and Northants talks about hedgehog and water vole ecology, with information on how we can help these endearing but declining small mammals. Venue: ‘The Settlement’ Nevells Road, Letchworth SG6 4UB, £3 entry charge for non-members of Hitchin and Letchworth RSPB Group.

Organised by: Other

Sun 07 Oct 2018 (8am to 10.15am)

Harpenden Lea Valley Walk

Meet on the footbridge over the River Lea near the 'Marquis of Granby' (at the junction of Crabtree Lane and Marquis Lane).

Guided walk, led by John Taylor, along the River Lea identifying local birds.

Time: 8 am to 10.15 am

Optional £1 donation to the RSPB.

 

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Thu 11 Oct 2018 (8pm)

Farming with Wildlife

An illustrated talk by local farmer Ian Pigott. All Saints Church Hall, Station Road, Harpenden, AL5 4UU 

Price: £3

Organiser contact: geoffrhorn@yahoo.co.uk

 

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

9 February to 14 October 2018 (Daily (Sun. pm only))

What's in the Woods? Free family activity

An opportunity for children to touch, smell, listen and look as they explore outdoor and indoor woodland spaces at the Natural History Museum, Tring and its surrounds.

Organised by: Other

Wed 17 Oct 2018 (10.15am)

Day visit to Amwell Nature Reserve and Rye Meads RSPB

A full day birdwatching trip, led by Ann & Roger Doubleday. 

Meet by 10.15am in Amwell Lane, parking on the east side near the War Memorial - (SG12 9SN). 
We will move on to Rye Meads for lunch (bring your own packed lunch) and afternoon's bird watching.

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Wed 24 Oct 2018 (9.45am)

Morning walk in the Lea Valley from Wheathampstead to Waterend

A half day birdwatching walk led by Ann and Roger Doubleday.

Please inform the leaders if you plan to attend (annrogerbw@gmail.com)

Meet in Wheathampstead, contact Ann or Roger for details of meeting place

Optional £1 donation to the RSPB.

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Fri 02 Nov 2018 (7.30pm)

Cuckoo - cheating by nature

The sight of a little warbler or pipit feeding an enormous cuckoo chick has astonished human observers for centuries. Ecologist Prof Nick Davies of Cambridge University will explain how field observations and experiments reveal a continuing evolutionary arms race between host defences and cuckoo trickery. Venue: 'The Settlement’ Nevells Road, Letchworth SG6 4UB; £3 entry charge for non-members of Hitchin & Letchworth RSPB Group.

Organised by: Other

Sat 03 Nov 2018 (2pm to 5.30pm)

HNHS Autumn Meeting and AGM

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".

Organised by: Hertfordshire Natural History Society

Sun 04 Nov 2018 (8am to 10.15am)

Harpenden Lea Valley Walk

Guided walk, led by John Taylor, along the River Lea identifying local birds.

Meet on the footbridge over the River Lea near the 'Marquis of Granby' (at the junction of Crabtree Lane and Marquis Lane).

 

Optional £1 donation to the RSPB.

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group