Brian Sawford (1940-2020)

We are very sorry to report the death this week of Brian Sawford, former keeper of the natural history collections at North Hertfordshire Museum and author of The Butterflies of Hertfordshire (1987) and Wildflower Habitats of Hertfordshire (1990)

Autumn Meeting 2020 cancelled

We regret that two HNHS events schedule for November – the 2020 Autumn Meeting and the Gerald Salisbury Memorial Lecture – have both been cancelled because of the continuing Covid-19 emergency,

Trevor James BEM 1947-2020

With great sadness we report that Trevor James, Hertfordshire's long-time recorder for flora and beetles and an outstanding all-round naturalist, died peacefully in the Garden House Hospice, Letchworth  on Friday  5 June.

Trevor made a remarkable contribution to the study, understanding and recording of wildlife in the county where he lived for most of his life. He actively promoted 'citizen science' through his own volunteering and the generous practical help and encouragement he offered so that less experienced enthusiasts could develop their skills.

2020 Festival of Wildlife cancelled

We are sorry to report that the 2020 Festival of Wildlife, due to take place on 25 and 26 July at Panshanger Park, has been cancelled as a consequence of the continuing Covid-19 emergency.

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Tarmac plc, who organise the annual festival in association with HNHS, have decided that a mass-participation event would not be appropriate at the end of July even if the current lockdown has been partially or wholly lifted by then.

Pioneering monitoring methods explained at Bird Conference

Pioneering ways to monitor bird movements, including their frustrations as well as achievements, featured at the 2020 Hertfordshire Bird Conference on Saturday 29 February.

A capacity audience at the Affinity Water offices in Hatfield, heard how a sound dish electronically capturing the calls of overflying night-time birds in a garden near the M25 has yielded records of unexpected species such as Black-necked Grebe, Common Scoter and Lapland Bunting as well as mass seasonal movements of Redwings and other thrushes.