A capacity audience attended the Autumn Meeting on Saturday 9 November to enjoy presentations on the spiders and dragonflies of Hertfordshire and take part in the Society's Annual General Meeting. The Society's prestigious 1875 Awards for the year were also presented.
Hertford-based enthusiast Christopher Benton urged the conference to show more love and "less of the Halloween" for spiders as his prelude to introducing a personal selection of species he has recorded across the county.
These range from the familiar Giant House Spider Tegenaria gigantea and the Garden Spider Araneus diadematus to more elusive species that he has become skilled at coaxing out of walls and crevices, using an electric toothbrush. The latter include the widespread Amaraubius similis and Amaraubius ferox, which also has a liking for drain covers.
Spiders, dragonflies and bats will all feature in topical talks at the HNHS Autumn Meeting from 2pm to 5.30pm on Saturday 9 November, which also includes the Society's Annual General Meeting. Members and non-members are warmly invited to join us at the offices of Affinity Water, Tamblin Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EZ.
The winners of this year's 1875 Awards, for an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist and an outstanding contribution to natural history in Hertfordshire, will also be announced
There is a £5 entry charge for the conference, but admission to the AGM only is free.
Rare and historic botany books, bequeathed to the Hertfordshire Natural History Society more than a century ago, went on display for a few hours at University College London (UCL) on July 30.
Despite rainy weather, more than 1,500 people, including many families, attended the Festival of Wildlife held over the weekend of 27 and 28 July in the beautiful setting of Panshanger Park, near Hertford.
More than 50 geology, archaeology and natural history enthusiasts attended a very successful conference on Saturday 13 July in memory of John Catt who died in December 2017 and was the contributing editor of our best-selling publication Hertfordshire Geology and Landscape.