Exhibition celebrates 'The Remarkable World of Trees'

St Albans Museum and Gallery is hosting an exhibition on 'The Remarkable World of Trees' for the next four months.

It is the work of Kate Bretherton,  a member of the Heartwood Monitoring Group, and is the culmination of many years of work and planning. Her exhibition explores the world of trees from the soil they grow in to the insects, birds and animals that call them home.

Yellow-headed Woodwasp: new to Herts

County ant recorder Phil Attewell was excited to photograph and video what he thought was a female Giant Woodwasp Urocerus gigas, in woodland near Radlett during August. But he was even more delighted when Sawfly UK group organiser Andrew Green responded to his posting on iRecord by identifying it as the much rarer Yellow-headed woodwasp Urocerus augur.

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.