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.

Lesser Emperor at Amwell & other recent news

Barry Reed had another excellent dragonfly find on 18th July 2016 when he found a male Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) at Amwell Nature Reserve, in Tumbling Bay.

This species was first recorded in Hertfordshire in July 2006 when a pair was seen at Hilfield Park Reservoir and one visited Wilstone Reservoir. There have since been further records at Hilfield Park Reservoir, but the species has remained a rare visitor to Hertfordshire.

Downy Emeralds at Tyttenhanger GPs

On 6th June Steve Murray had some brief sightings of one, perhaps two, emerald dragonflies at the scrape at Tyttenhanger gravel pits but was unable to confirm the species. Today (7th June 2016) he was able to obtain better views and confirm that at least two male Downy Emeralds were present.

New Secretary and Membership Secretary for HNHS

David Utting

We are pleased to announce that, as from 17 May 2016, David Utting is the new Secretary to Hertfordshire Natural History Society, Virginia Kennard is the new Membership Secretary and Joe Gray is the new Editor of the Hertfordshire Naturalist. Full details below.

What's new and can you help?

New volunteers to help run the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and Herts Bird Club.

After over 40 years living in Hertfordshire Ken and Linda Smith will be moving back to Sussex later this year. So we are looking for several new volunteers to take over from them.

This is a great opportunity for you to have something interesting and worthwhile to do in your spare time and fulfill a vital role in keeping up the good work for natural history in our county.