2018 flight season now underway

Despite the cold weather at the beginning of April, the first Large Red Damselflies were flying in Hertfordshire before the end of the month (with the first reported at Rye Meads NR on April 20th),  and the first Hairy Dragonfly was on the wing early in May (at Amwell NR on May 8th). 

At the time that I am writing this, May 13th, I have seen reports of four species of damselfly and two species of dragonfly flying in the county so far this year: 

Large Red Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly and Broad-bodied Chaser.

I have no doubt that the first individuals of a few other species will also already have emerged someone in Hertfordshire, and more species will be flying as the month progresses.

Please submit records of any dragonflies and damselflies that you see, including common species, using the record submission form on the HNHS website (http://www.hnhs.org/submit/dragonflies-and-damselflies), via iRecord, or by email to the following email address: dragonflies@hnhs.org

Beetles of Hertfordshire – save £20 on the full price of our outstanding new book!

We are excited to announce the publication this July of Beetles of Hertfordshire – a ground breaking addition to our acclaimed series of books on the county's wildlife.

Written by Trevor James, the county recorder, the book provides an account of all 2,483 species of beetle so far recorded here. Its publication marks the first time that all the beetles reliably recorded in a UK county have been covered 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  and more than 600 colour photographs.

We expect to receive copies of Beetles of Hertfordshire by July, and pre-publication orders can be placed now at the special introductory price of £25 (plus p&p). This provides a huge £20 saving on the recommended retail price. Click 'read more' for further details, including two launch events.

New HNHS and Herts Bird Club Privacy Policy

Like other organisations, the Hertfordshire Natural History Society has responded to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that take effect on 25 May by reviewing its arrangements for making sure its use of personal data remains legal.

Our new Privacy Policy provides a detailed overview of the circumstances in which we process personal data, including information provided by our members, individuals submitting wildlife records to our websites and those who buy our books.

June Crew recognised in New Year honours

June Crew

We are delighted to report that June Crew, a stalwart contributor to natural history in our county, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year honours list.

The medal recognises her "voluntary service to Natural History and the community in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire".