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.

Heartwood Environmental Monitoring Group wins special Woodland Trust Chairman's award

The Heartwood Environmental Monitoring Volunteer Group has been honoured with a special Award by the Chairman of the Woodland Trust, Nicola Nicholls. On 12 December Nicola (7th from left) joined members of the group at Heartwood to unveil a plaque dedicating part of the newly planted woodland to the Monitoring group.

Our 2015 Autumn meeting and AGM - a great success

HNHS 2015 autumn meeting speakers

Our autumn meeting was held at Woolmer Green Village hall on Saturday 17 October 2015. With a great turnout and four excellent speakers, covering fish, mammals, invertebrates and wildlife in Panshanger Park, there was something for everyone.

Unwelcome new wasp species for Hertfordshire

Oriental chestnut gall wasp was discovered in a woodland in Kent, England, in June 2015, the first time this pest has been confirmed as present in the UK. A second site has now been confirmed with the gall wasp present in a small number of sweet chestnut trees in a street in St Albans. Forestry Commission staff are investigating neighbouring woodland and trees to establish the extent of the outbreaks, and have taken swift appropriate action to fell and remove the affected trees.

Herts Invertebrate Project finds two new true bug species for Herts at Amwell

Rhopalus parumpunctatus

A meeting of the Herts Invertebrate Project at Amwell Nature Reserve on 15 August 2015 found two species of Heteroptera that are believed to be new to Hertfordshire: Rhopalus parumpunctatus (pictured) and Nysius huttoni.

Remarkably, the bugs were found within minutes of each other, and in the same 10-metre square.

Read more about the Herts Invertebrate Project here.

More details on terrestrial Heteroptera in Hertfordshire

New project launched to boost invertebrate recording in Herts

Hertfordshire Natural History Society members William Bishop and Joe Gray have just announced the launch of the Herts Invertebrate Project, an initiative that they are co-organising with the aim of promoting invertebrate recording at a variety of key sites across the county, especially looking at under-recorded species groups.

More details here.

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