New book celebrates 'backyard' wildlife

Congratulations to Joe Gray, the Herts recorder for terrestrial bugs, whose first-published natural history book takes the overlooked wealth of 'backyard' wildlife as its theme. Titled Thirteen Paces by Four – the size of Joe's urban garden – it draws on encounters during the Coronavirus pandemic from invertebrates to mid-sized mammals.

Not only does Joe provide practical pointers on how gardens can be made more wildlife-friendly but he also explores topical issues with a broader environmental scope, such as sustainable agriculture and wiser use of water.

Online AGM and Herts State of Nature talk

HNHS members are warmly invited to join us for the Society’s Annual General Meeting. The continuing Covid-19 emergency means this will take place ‘online’ at 11am on Saturday 28 November.

The business meeting will be followed by this year's 1875 Awards ceremony and a presentation by Tom Day and Ian Carle of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust on the Hertfordshire’s State of Nature 2020 report that was published this summer.

Brian Sawford (1940-2020)

We are very sorry to report the death this week of Brian Sawford, former keeper of the natural history collections at North Hertfordshire Museum and author of The Butterflies of Hertfordshire (1987) and Wildflower Habitats of Hertfordshire (1990)

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