Optimow 2024 – citizen science to help garden pollinators

Scientists are inviting gardeners interested in helping bees, butterflies and other pollinators to take part in a study to discover how grass mowing can be timed to maximise their impact.

Participants in the Optimow 2024 project, organised by the Brown Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London  will be asked to follow a mowing frequency plan, while submitting weekly counts of the key pollinators sighted in their gardens.

Lecturer explains how beavers can bring benefits for wildlife and humans

Bringing Eurasian Beavers to an estate in Essex has delivered improvements in biodiversity while helping prevent flooding in a nearby village.

The positive consequences of reintroducing a species that became extinct in Britain in the late 18th century were described by Sarah Brockless, ecologist at the Spains Hall Estate, when she gave the Gerald Salisbury Memorial Lecture in Welwyn Civic Centre on Wednesday 28 February.

Photo: Eurasian Beaver at Spains Hall Estate © Russell Savory

New and improved website for Herts moths

Hertfordshire and Middlesex Moth Group has launched a new and much-improved website.

The upgrade – funded by the HNHS – creates an impressive online resource for finding, identifying and recording moths in the two Vice-Counties.

Information about all moth species that have been reliably recorded – both 'macro' and 'micro' – is combined with photographs (where available) and information on identification and separating similar species.