Recent natural history news for Hertfordshire is published here. If you have a noteworthy story, ideally with a photograph, please contact David Utting to have it added to this webpage.

Autumn Meeting and AGM

Be sure to make a date with our Autumn Meeting  on Saturday 3 November, together with the Society's Annual General Meeting. It is taking place from 2pm to 5.30pm at the offices of Affinity Water in Tamblin Way, Hatfield, AL10 9AZ.

The keynote speakers are Matt Dodds, Planning and Biodiversity Manager at the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, and limacologist Chris de Feu, whose efforts to gain a fair hearing for slugs have included an appearance on the BBC's 2018 Springwatch programme.

Matt will be talking about his role in scrutinising development proposals in our county with a view to protecting, improving and creating wildlife habitats. Chris, in addition to sharing his enthusiasm for slugs will be holding an identification workshop. You are actively invited bring your own slug finds to the meeting (preferably in a container with air holes and suitable feeding material)!

Launch events for 'Beetles of Hertfordshire'

Trevor James with his new book

Forty HNHS members and beetle enthusiasts gathered at the headquarters of the Royal Entomological Society near St Albans on the evening of 31 July to celebrate the publication of Trevor James's landmark book Beetles of Hertfordshire.  A second, daytime event at Rye Meads Visitor Centre (by kind permission of the RSPB Manager) on 10 August brought together more beetles fans, keen to have their copies signed by the author.

Trevor's 496-page book is the first publication to not only list all the species that have been reliably recorded in a single county, but also provide tetrad-level distribution maps and photographs for the more commonly recorded species as well as habitat information.  The book describes 2,483 species that had been recorded at the time it went to press. These include many records contributed by Trevor himself during 40 years as county recorder. 

Festival of Wildlife - Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July

Make a date with the 2018 Festival of Wildlife! Organised by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in association with Hertfordshire Natural History Society and Tarmac plc, it takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Panshanger Park, near Hertford on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July (10am to 4pm).

Another new dragonfly species reaches Hertfordshire.

The Southern Migrant Hawker (Aeshna affinis) is a dragonfly species that has recently colonised the U.K., mainly since 2010 when there seems to have been an influx into the Thameside marshes of Essex and Kent. Sucessful breeding in the U.K. was first confirmed in Essex the next year.

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