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 said: “I became hooked on wildlife recording as a youngster, and found it rewarding contributing to the bigger picture of our knowledge, firstly with birds and then with other things. It led to my later career as a naturalist in a local museum, then setting up Hertfordshire’s local records centre and finally working alongside the UK BRC at Monk’s Wood for the NBN Trust!

“In the meantime, I also became an organiser of plant recording in Hertfordshire and then with the BSBI nationally. I had also taken up the study of Coleoptera locally while I was in a local museum and have kept that on ever since. For me, the main driver is finding real facts to back up conservation effort. Part of it is also the camaraderie of working alongside others with similar interests.”

Trevor’s new book, Beetles of Hertfordshire is available to purchase via the HNHS bookshop.