Gerald Salisbury Lecture 2023 - Hertfordshire's 'New' Forest wildlife

A Happy New Year to all our members – and thanks to everyone who has renewed (or is about to renew) their subscriptions – which fall due every January!

We are looking forward to the Gerald Salisbury Memorial Lecture on the evening of Wednesday 22 February when Tim Wright and Prof. Brian Legg  will talk about the flora and fauna of Heartwood Forest outside St Albans.  More than 600,000 native trees and shrubs were planted over nine years on previously arable farmland and HNHS / Bird Club members have been working with other volunteers to monitor the site's wildlife from the start.

Wildlife artist Ernest Leahy (1942-2022)

The HNHS and Herts Bird Club have learned with sorrow of the death of the popular Hertfordshire wildlife artist Ernest Leahy,  aged 79, who was also a keen birder and long-standing member of the society.

Ernie, who was a generous contributor of illustrations to the Herts Bird Report and pictures to raise money at HNHS conferences  was largely self-taught. 

Featured picture is Ernie's painting of Fieldfares feasting on apples, contributed to the Herts Bird Report, 2013

Autumn Meeting learns of action to engage landholders in wildlife conservation

Action to engage farmers, golf clubs and other landholders in wildlife conservation was the featured theme at the HNHS Autumn Meeting and AGM on Saturday 1 October.

More than 40 members attended the Society's first 'face-to-face' conference since Covid restrictions were lifted held at the offices of Affinity Water in Hatfield.

Avian flu - advice for wildlife watchers

Amid continuing concern over the spread of avian flu, we urge birdwatchers who come across dead birds to follow advice provided by the British Trust for Ornithology. Numbers of dead wildfowl (swans, ducks, geese) gulls and birds of prey especially should be reported online to DEFRA here 

Avian flu presents a low risk to humans, but handling carcasses without protective gloves is not advised. 

HNHS Autumn Meeting and AGM on Saturday 1 October

HNHS is delighted to announce a return to normal arrangements for this year's Autumn Meeting and AGM, which will be held on Saturday 1 October (2 to 5.15pm) at the offices of Affinity Water, Tamblin Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EZ.

We hope as many members, friends and visitors will be able to join us for a programme (see below) of entertaining talks, plus the Annual General Meeting, which will take place in public for the first time since 2019.