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.

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.

Beetles of Hertfordshire – introductory offer extended!

We are pleased to announce that the introductory offer on our brilliant new book, Beetles of Hertfordshirehas been extended a by a month to Friday 10 August.

However, demand for Trevor's James's ground-breaking book has already exceeded expectations, and we need to re-stock. This means that although we will continue to accept orders at the introductory price of £25 (plus £10 p&p if required), no further copies will be available for mailing or collection until after 23 July

Written by Trevor James, the county recorder,  the book provides an account of all 2,483 species of beetle so far recorded in Herts. Its publication marks the first time that all the beetles reliably recorded in a UK county have been covered in such a comprehensive way – making it a landmark for future studies.

Published in hardback in the same, attractive A4 format as our five existing wildlife atlases, the book’s 496 pages include 750 distribution maps  and more than 600 colour photographs.

The special introductory price of £25 (plus p&p)  provides a huge £20 saving on the recommended retail price. Click 'read more' for further details, including two launch events.

Dragonfly News

Beautiful Demoiselle gaining a foothold?

Although the Banded Demoiselle, which favours rivers and streams with a silty substrate, is widespread in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties, the related Beautiful Demoiselle has only occasionally been recorded in the county. A population recently became established just outside the Hertfordshire border, at Forty hall, Enfield, and some from this population seem to be dispersing into Hertfordshire.

New HNHS and Herts Bird Club Privacy Policy

Like other organisations, the Hertfordshire Natural History Society has responded to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that take effect on 25 May by reviewing its arrangements for making sure its use of personal data remains legal.

Our new Privacy Policy provides a detailed overview of the circumstances in which we process personal data, including information provided by our members, individuals submitting wildlife records to our websites and those who buy our books.

Sustainable St Albans Week

Our members contributed to the 2018 Sustainable St Albans Week programme by taking part in a community event on Saturday 28 April to promote the wildlife and conservation of Bricket Wood Common. Despite disappointingly wet weather visitors enjoyed a moss, lichen and liverwort hunt on the common with HNHS Chair and county Bryophyte recorder Agneta Burton (pictured).

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