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.

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.

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

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