Water sports plan threatens Colne Valley SSSI

Our colleagues at the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are seeking urgent support for their campaign to protect the Broadwater Lake Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) from potentially devastating plans to create a large watersports centre.

Although located just outside Hertfordshire in the London Borough of Hillingdon, the lake is part of the nationally important Colne Valley wetland system. The level of human water-based activities being proposed holds severe implications for populations of wintering wildfowl and for biodiversity across the border in Herts. as well as further south in Middlesex.

HNHS honours three outstanding naturalists

Three exceptional  Hertfordshire naturalists were presented with HNHS awards at the Society's 2023 Autumn Meeting and AGM held on Saturday 7 October.

Specialist owl ringer Peter Wilkinson was given the Trevor James Award for an outstanding Herfordshire naturalist, butterfly expert Liz Goodyear received the 1875 Award for an outstanding contribution to natural history in the county and the Society presented its Long-Service Award to former Chairman, Peter Delaloye.

The ceremonies took place as part of a meeting that included inspiring talks on wildlife conservation and recording. These ranged through street-level community action in St Albans, habitat maintenance by anglers in Rickmansworth and a survey seeking out Water Voles along the River Lea. Links to videos of the talks and annual award presentations can be found below.

HNHS / Herts Bird Club Autumn Meeting & AGM

HNHS members and non-members are warmly invited to join us from 2 to 5.30pm on Saturday 7 October for the Autumn Meeting and AGM. We are once more grateful to Affinity Water for agreeing to host the meeting at their offices in Tamblin Way Hatfield AL10 9EZ

This year's programme of wildlife talks includes news of the positive part that anglers are playing in nature conservation in the Colne Valley and a landscape-scale assessment of Water Voles along the River Lea. A popular community approach to conservation being applied in St Albans will be described by its founder.

Please note that AGM papers, including proposed constitutional amendments, were emailed to members on Tuesday 12 September (or posted to those not on email). There will be a £5 entry charge for the whole meeting, but no charge for members attending the AGM only. 

Celebrating the life and achievements of Trevor James (1947 - 2020)

The many natural history achievements of outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist, Trevor James, were celebrated at a conference on Saturday 9 September.

Despite exceptionally hot weather, an audience of more than 50 HNHS/Bird Club members and friends enjoyed a day of talks at Redbourn Parish Centre. These related to Trevor's national contribution to biological recording and his particular areas of wildlife interest.

For those who were unable to attend, links to video recordings of the tributes paid and the main presentations can be found below.