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HNHS/Bird Club warn of threat to last Tree Sparrow colony

HNHS and the Herts Bird Club have voiced strong objections to a proposal that would lead to land occupied by the county's last colony of Tree Sparrows being earmarked for housing development.

Tree Sparrow numbers nationally have declined by 90 per cent since the 1970s and the species has been accorded the highest 'red-list' level of concern by the Government's advisory committee on conservation. The last remaining breeding site in Hertfordshire is at Courser's Farm near Tyttenhanger gravel pits and one of only a handful of colonies left in Southeast England.

Autumn Meeting and AGM – bring slugs!

Tree Slug (Lehmannia marginata)

Don't miss our Autumn Meeting  on Saturday 3 November, together with the Society's Annual General Meeting. It is taking place from 2pm to 5.30pm at the offices of Affinity Water in Tamblin Way, Hatfield, AL10 9AZ.

The keynote speakers are Matt Dodds, Planning and Biodiversity Manager at the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, and limacologist Chris de Feu, whose efforts to gain a fair hearing for slugs have included an appearance on the BBC's 2018 Springwatch programme.

Matt will be talking about his role in scrutinising development proposals in our county with a view to protecting, improving and creating wildlife habitats. Chris, in addition to sharing his enthusiasm for slugs will be holding an identification workshop. You are actively invited bring your own slug finds to the meeting (click 'read more' for Chris's collecting and transportation advice)!