Hertfordshire Natural History Society and the Herts Bird Club have formally objected to proposals for a 6,000 home village to be built on a site used by nesting Tree Sparrows and other rare and protected wildlife.
The 'Bowmans Cross' development included by Hertsmere Borough Council in its draft Local Plan threatens the last known colony of Tree Sparrows in Southeast England and more than a dozen other bird species on the adjacent Tyttenhanger gravel pits area that have been nationally 'Red-listed' due to conservation concerns. Other protected species recorded in and around the site include Brown Hare and Hedgehog, Common Toad, Great-crested Newt and the Small Heath and White-letter Hairstreak butterflies.
A Hertfordshire comeback story of Water Voles – famous to generations as ‘Ratty’ in the children’s novel Wind in the Willows – was told at the HNHS annual meeting, held online on Saturday 27 November.
Josh Kalms, People and Wildlife Officer with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, described the careful process by which 150 of the bank and stream dwelling creatures were reintroduced to the River Ver this summer.
Exceptional, long-term work for wildlife carried out by two leading Hertfordshire naturalists has been recognised by the presentation of prestigious HNHS awards.
Picture shows Stuart Warrington (left) at Digswell Lake and Bob Reed (right) at Pishiobury Park
Continuing caution over the Covid virus means the HNHS Annual General Meeting for 2021 will take place online between 10am and 12.30pm on Saturday 27 November. A formal calling notice for the meeting is being emailed to members, together with the annual accounts (and sent by post to those without internet access).
The business meeting will be followed by a ceremony honouring the first winner of the renamed Trevor James Award for an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist and the winner of this year’s 1875 Award for an outstanding contribution to natural history in the county. Afterwards, we shall be hearing from Josh Kalms from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust about the exciting project that has reintroduced Water Voles to the River Ver and other Hertfordshire rivers.