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.

Flora of Hertfordshire – book launch events and photos

Trevor James at the launch of his book, Flora of Hertfordshire

Congratulations to Trevor James and all those in the Herts Flora Group on the publication of the latest HNHS book – Flora of Hertfordshire.

We hosted two book launch events: over 50 people joined us at Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery on 7 December and 70 people came to the event at the Mansion House (Royal Entomological Society) on 9 December. 

Afternoon of Fish and Flowers

The Autumn meeting held at Haileybury on Saturday 24 October included presentations to the HNHS 1875 Award winners for 2009, June Crew and the late John Fielding.

Enid Evans dies aged 98

Enid Mary Evans MSc, FGS, 1911 - 2009 © Michael Clark

We are sad to learn that Mrs Enid Evans, one of the longest serving members of the Society, died peacefully at a care home on 7 October 2009, aged 98. 

Her funeral will be at 2.00 on Wednesday 28 October at Jordans Quaker Meeting House, Welders Lane, Jordans, Bucks, HP9 2SN.

Flora of Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Natural History Society is delighted to announce the publication of our fantastic new book 'Flora of Hertfordshire' by Trevor James on 9 December 2009. Priced at only  £49.50(inc P&P to UK addresses). Order your copy now, details below, the cover price of £49.50.

The book covers over 2000 species of wild plants and hybrids recorded in Hertfordshire, based on a countywide survey from 1987-2005 by HNHS and other volunteers. The species accounts include distribution maps by tetrad, analysis of status, and comparison with information from ‘The Flora of Hertfordshire’ by John Dony, published in 1967.

Trust celebrates new Balls Wood Nature Reserve

HNHS is delighted that Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has been able to buy Balls Wood Nature Reserve and adjacent Hobby Horse Wood. The two woods comprise 145 acres (58.7 ha) of semi-natural oak and hornbeam ancient woodland with open rides supporting diverse plant and insect populations. The Trust has managed the woods for the Forestry Commission for over 30 years but can now do more to promote and monitor its wildlife.

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