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.

Flora of Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Natural History Society is delighted to announce the publication of our fantastic new book 'Flora of Hertfordshire' by Trevor James on 9 December 2009. Priced at only  £49.50(inc P&P to UK addresses). Order your copy now, details below, the cover price of £49.50.

The book covers over 2000 species of wild plants and hybrids recorded in Hertfordshire, based on a countywide survey from 1987-2005 by HNHS and other volunteers. The species accounts include distribution maps by tetrad, analysis of status, and comparison with information from ‘The Flora of Hertfordshire’ by John Dony, published in 1967.

Trust celebrates new Balls Wood Nature Reserve

HNHS is delighted that Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has been able to buy Balls Wood Nature Reserve and adjacent Hobby Horse Wood. The two woods comprise 145 acres (58.7 ha) of semi-natural oak and hornbeam ancient woodland with open rides supporting diverse plant and insect populations. The Trust has managed the woods for the Forestry Commission for over 30 years but can now do more to promote and monitor its wildlife.

New HNHS website goes live

Welcome to our fantastic new HNHS website which went live in mid-April. The site has been built by specialists Digital Routes to a design by Jack Fearnside of LTD Design Consultants. We aim to keep it up to date with information and news including the Wildlife Calendar of meetings of local natural history interest. The site is also a showcase for photographs of Hertfordshire’s wildlife and habitats, changing on a seasonal basis. So please keep those photos coming in to Jack.

HNHS Autumn Meeting and AGM - Bats, Butterflies and Crayfish

Over 70 people attended our autumn conference and AGM at Rothamstead in November 2008. We would like to thank Tim Hill for organising another successful event.

Well illustrated talks by county experts highlighted surveying, monitoring and recording in Hertfordshire. Speakers included, Sarah Jane Scott on the impact of riparian habitat quality on bats; Ronni Edmonds-Brown on breeding White-clawed Crayfish and John Murray on monitoring and managing butterfly and insect populations in Hertfordshire.

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