Annual meeting hears how 'Ratty' returned to a riverbank in Herts

A Hertfordshire comeback story of Water Voles – famous to generations as ‘Ratty’ in the children’s novel Wind in the Willows – was told at the HNHS annual meeting, held online on Saturday 27 November.

Josh Kalms, People and Wildlife Officer with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, described the careful process by which 150 of the bank and stream dwelling creatures were reintroduced to the River Ver this summer.

HNHS honours two exceptional naturalists

Exceptional, long-term work for wildlife carried out by two leading Hertfordshire naturalists has been recognised by the presentation of prestigious HNHS awards.

Picture shows Stuart Warrington (left) at Digswell Lake and Bob Reed (right) at Pishiobury Park

HNHS wildlife calendar is back!

We are pleased to announce that our calendar of wildlife meetings – suspended during the  Covid lockdowns – is back.

If your organisation has a forthcoming meeting related to wildlife in Hertfordshire, let us know and we will add it to the website.

Zoom-in to our online AGM, Annual Awards and wildlife presentations

Continuing caution over the Covid virus means the HNHS Annual General Meeting for 2021 will take place online between 10am and 12.30pm on Saturday 27 November. A formal calling notice for the meeting is being emailed to members, together with the annual accounts (and sent by post to those without internet access).

The business meeting will be followed by a ceremony honouring the first winner of the renamed Trevor James Award for an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist and the winner of this year’s 1875 Award for an outstanding contribution to natural history in the county. Afterwards, we shall be hearing from Josh Kalms from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust about the exciting project that has reintroduced Water Voles to the River Ver and other Hertfordshire rivers.

Exhibition celebrates 'The Remarkable World of Trees'

St Albans Museum and Gallery is hosting an exhibition on 'The Remarkable World of Trees' for the next four months.

It is the work of Kate Bretherton,  a member of the Heartwood Monitoring Group, and is the culmination of many years of work and planning. Her exhibition explores the world of trees from the soil they grow in to the insects, birds and animals that call them home.