This ground breaking account of all 2,483 species of beetle so far recorded in Hertfordshire was published by the HNHS in July 2018.
Written by the County Recorder, Trevor James, it is beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and provides detailed information on the occurrence of every species, as well as their habitat needs and conservation status.
It is the first book to cover all the beetles reliably recorded in a UK county 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 for the more widely-recorded beetle species. More than 600 colour photographs illustrate a group of insects whose intricacy and beauty are too easily overlooked.
An introductory offer for the book has been extended by a month to end of August 10. This means it can be ordered now at the special price of £25, plus £10 for postage and packing. This saves £20 on the recommended retail price. Please note, however, that a need to re-stock following higher-than-expected demand means there will be a delay in dispatching copies (or making them available for collection) until after 23 July.
Buyers wishing to save on the charge for mailing such a large book may arrange to collect their copy from the HNHS Secretary in St Albans (by prior appointment). Arrangements can also be made to collect the book from the HNHS bookstall on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July at the Festival of Wildlife. Alternatively, books will be available for collection or purchase at two launch events:
- 6.30pm Tuesday 31 July at the Royal Entomological Society headquarters, The Mansion House, Chiswell Green Lane, St Albans AL2 3NS
- 12.30pm Friday 10 August at the Rye Meads Reserve Visitor Centre, Rye Road, Hoddesdon, SG12 8JS.
Background chapters included in Beetles of Hertfordshire provide a detailed overview of the different beetle habitats across the county, as well as assessments of which species are increasing, decreasing or have become extinct. The book considers beetles in the context of nature conservation and their incidence as indicators of wider ecological health. It also describes key sites in Hertfordshire where different species of beetle can be found.
In addition to the account of individual species, the main chapters cover:
Background to the study of Hertfordshire’s beetles
History of beetle recording in Hertfordshire
Beetle habitats in Hertfordshire
Beetles on the move
Beetles and nature conservation
Key sites for beetles in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Natural History Society (HNHS) gratefully acknowledges generous financial support from the Royal Entomological Society and private donors towards the book’s publication. As the latest in the acclaimed series of HNHS wildlife atlases, the book will not only delight specialists, but anyone interested in natural history in Hertfordshire and beyond who wants to learn more about this intriguing group of species.
Trevor James, the author, has been the County Recorder for beetles (Coleoptera) in Hertfordshire for 35 years. His book draws on his own, extensive fieldwork and studies, combined with a thorough review of historical records and the work of many other contributors.
Trevor is the author of Flora of Hertfordshire (2009) also published by HNHS (although currrently out of print). He is also a holder of the Society's prestigious 1875 Award for an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist.