The Hertfordshire Festival of Wildlife attracted more than a thousand visitors over the weekend of 30 and 31 July 30 – including many families enjoying the beautiful setting of Panshanger Park in the sunshine.
Organised by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust in association with HNHS, and supported by the park's owner, Tarmac, the festival featured a programme of talks by HNHS experts and others, including the leading environmentalist Tony Juniper, national President of the Wildlife Trusts.
A weekend of free walks, talks and children's activities - at Tarmac's Panshanger Park near Hertford.
The Festival of Wildlife, hosted by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in association with Hertfordshire Natural History Society, returns on the weekend of 30-31 July from 10.30 to 4pm each day. The Festival, kindly supported by Tarmac, is a celebration of the fantastic variety of local wildlife.
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.
An exciting report from west Hertfordshire suggests that Scarce Chasers (Libellula fulva) may have established a colony in the county.
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.