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.

Death of Bryan Sage, co-founder of the Herts Bird Club

With great sadness, we have learned of the death of the distinguished naturalist Bryan Sage. He was a past President of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and, with the Revd. Tom Gladwin, co-founder in 1971 of the Herts Bird Club.

Bryan was an all round naturalist and, at various times between the late 1950s and early 1980s, the county recorder for birds, dragonflies and beetles. In 1964 he also became the first General Secretary of the Herts and Middlesex Trust for Nature Conservation, now the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Trevor James awarded Gilbert White Adult Award

We are proud to announce that Trevor James was awarded the Gilbert White Adult Award for an outstanding contribution to biological recording which is helping to improve our understanding of the UK’s wildlife:

Trevor has been a county recorder for both plants and beetles in Hertfordshire for 40 years. Almost entirely self-taught, he is the author of Flora of Hertfordshire (2009) and of Beetles of Hertfordshire (2018). Trevor has made an outstanding contribution to the taxonomic and geographic understanding of plants and beetles, both at county level and nationally.

Trevor James shortlisted for national recording award

Congratulations to Trevor James, author of our acclaimed new book Beetles of Hertfordshire on being shortlisted for the 2018 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing.

Trevor's remarkable contribution to the study and recording of wildlife  not only includes his landmark work on Coleoptera, but also his Flora of Hertfordshire (2009) that similarly set new standards for the content and presentation of county atlases.

Autumn Meeting and AGM – bring slugs!

Tree Slug (Lehmannia marginata)

Don't miss 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 (click 'read more' for Chris's collecting and transportation advice)!

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