A hundred million years of life in Hertfordshire!

It may be 50 million years too late to go for a sea dip in Hertfordshire, but do make an online date with the postponed Gerald Salisbury Memorial Lecture when chalk landscape expert Haydon Bailey will talk about the county's fascinating geological history (8pm on Wednesday 23 February

Dr Bailey is Chair of Hertfordshire Geological Society and a stratigraphy expert who also lectures at Birmingham University. His lecture will consider what it would have been like in Hertfordshire a hundred million years ago and how it has changed over significant periods in geological time.  He will describe the formation  of the county's chalk scenery and the impact of the Ice Age on its landscape and natural history.

HNHS formally objects to Tyttenhanger housing plan

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.

Annual meeting hears how 'Ratty' returned to a riverbank in Herts

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.

HNHS honours two exceptional naturalists

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

HNHS wildlife calendar is back!

We are pleased to announce that our calendar of wildlife meetings – suspended during the  Covid lockdowns – is back.

If your organisation has a forthcoming meeting related to wildlife in Hertfordshire, let us know and we will add it to the website.