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.

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.

History of Hertfordshire Natural History

Hertfordshire Natural History Society was founded in 1875 in Watford. From that date to the present, there has been a continuous pursuit of natural history study across the County.

Herts Bird Club/BTO Conference

Saturday 28th March 2009, 2.00pm – 5.30pm

Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Herts

Birds in Towns and Cities
An afternoon meeting, with five illustrated talks highlighting how birds and birders are adapting to our increasingly urban environment;
Speakers include David Lindo – the Urban Birder

Nominations for the HNHS 1875 Awards for 2009

You are invited to submit nominations for the 1875 Awards for 2009.

As announced at the AGM, up to two Awards will be given each year to recognise:

  • an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist and/or
  • someone who has made an outstanding contribution to natural history in Hertfordshire.

The first 1875 Award – Colin Plant honoured

We are proud to announce that the Society’s inaugural 1875 Award has been presented to Colin Plant for his outstanding contribution to natural history in Hertfordshire. Colin, who has been our County Recorder for moths for over ten years, is the author of the impressive HNHS book The Moths of Hertfordshire published last July. To buy a copy of Colin's book, see the publications page.

The name of the award commemorates the founding of the Society in 1875. The hunt is now on for nominations for the 2009 awards.