We are pleased to announce that the introductory offer on our brilliant new book, Beetles of Hertfordshire, has 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.
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.
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 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).
Illegal persecution of birds of prey remains a continuing problem in the UK, with only a small proportion of cases brought to court, according to the RSPB's Senior Investigations Officer, Guy Shorrock. Speaking at the annual Herts Bird Club / British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) conference on March 10, he warned that the use of baited carcasses and cruel traps to kill Buzzards and Red Kites – as well as rare Hen Harriers and Golden Eagles further north in the UK – remained all too common.