Photographs of scorched Aspen at Broxbourne Gravel Pits at the end of July tell their own story of the increasingly severe effects of this summer's record temperatures and drought.
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Covid restrictions have twice postponed the final year of the Hertfordshire Mammal, Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (Herts MARA) project. But it's been full steam ahead in 2022, with a strong focus on under-recorded parts of the county during the closing months.
Spindle bushes along Hertfordshire's Beane Valley are being stripped bare of leaves by a spectacular eruption of caterpillars.
HNHS member Harry Bott was astonished by the sight of a bush smothered in the silken webs protecting thousands of feeding caterpillars on his farm at Bennington, near Stevenage. As he puts it: "The most extraordinary sight that I have never seen before in 60 years of farming here."
Hertfordshire’s increasing breeding population of the spectacular Peregrine Falcon and the influence of climate change on wintering wildfowl in the Lee Valley were among topics highlighted at the annual Herts Bird Club / BTO conference.
More than 70 members and their guests joined the event online to hear Barry Trevis talk about steps being taken to monitor and assist breeding Peregrines, illustrated with his own impressive, close-up photographs.