Nominations invited for 2021 HNHS Awards

Do you know an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist or someone who has made an outstanding contribution to natural history in our county? If so, consider nominating them for one of this year's prestigious HNHS Awards.

Exhibition of photos by the late Brian Sawford

An exhibition of wildlife photographs commemorating the distinguished naturalist Brian Sawford has opened at the North Hertfordshire Museum in Hitchin.

Brian, who was curator of the natural history collections at the Letchworth and North Herts museums for more than 30 years, died in November 2020. A past President of the HNHS, he was author of Wildlife of the Letchworth Area (1982),  The Butterflies of Hertfordshire (1987) Wildflower Habitats of Hertfordshire (1990).

Closure of Virgin Money Giving and its implications

HNHS and Herts Bird Club members who pay their subscriptions online via Virgin Money Giving will share our disappointment that the charity fundraising site is being closed down this autumn by parent company, Virgin Money. We have been informed that it will cease operating at the end of November.

The HNHS management committee is considering ways of introducing online applications, including the possibility of an online facility for paying subscriptions, and will report to members as soon as the available options have been fully explored.

Exhibition to reveal nature through a microscope

The Quekett Microscopial Club –  the UK's 'learned society' for everyone interested in microscopes and microscopy – is bringing its annual exhibition to Hertfordshire in October.

Normally held at the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition features exquisite images of wildlife and the natural world that are too small to be perceived by the human eye alone.

Herts Wood Ant reintroduction resumes

Work to reintroduce the impressive Southern Wood Ant (Formica rufa) to Hertfordshire has resumed this spring at Bishop's Wood near Rickmansworth.

Until the reintroduction programme started in 2019, the species had not been recorded in the county since the 1950s. Nests have been relocated from Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire (where the species is plentiful) through a partnership between Three Rivers Council, Hertfordshire County Council's Countryside Management Service and Phil Attewell, county ant recorder and last year's winner of the HNHS 1875 Award for an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist.