Hertfordshire Natural History Society ~ Making the most of your nature records in Herfordshire
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Welcome to the website of the
Hertfordshire Natural History Society

Link to latest sightings of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies.
Look at the stunning photographs on our HNHS Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter


Male and female Willow Emerald Damselfly in tandem at Amwell NR on 13 September, image by Barry Reed - read more

Pink Meadow Grasshopper at Kings Meads on 23 August, image by Christopher Benton.

The Hertfordshire Naturalist 2014 - is now published it was posted to subscribing members on 11 September.

Please add your photographs of Hertfordshire wildlife to our Flickr site or send to .

What’s going on

Information on Wildlife events in Hertfordshire here diary of events, field trips and meetings

Renew your membership for 2014 - pay on-line or by cheque details here

HNHS book shop

Hertfordshire Geology and Landscape - £34
Flora of Hertfordshire – now only £29 
Moths of Hertfordshire – now £15 
Dragonflies of Hertfordshire – now 
£5 
Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles – 
£5 
The Breeding Birds of Herts – £5
Prices do not include P&P

You can now order on line and pay with your debit/credit card via PayPal 
Full details here

Our latest book:
Hertfordshire Geology and Landscape
by John Catt, published by HNHS in December 2010.
Buy direct from us for only £34, plus £5.50 P&P.
Full details here.

We promote the study and recording of wildlife in Hertfordshire and encourage a wider interest in natural history including the conservation of wildlife, habitats and geological features.

Our members share an interest in nature and observing and studying wildlife. We get real value from your observations by co-ordinating and compiling everyone’s records to build up a comprehensive picture of the state of wildlife in the county. This helps us understand how it is changing over time in response to the pressures of modern life and climate change.

Photos of Hertfordshire wildlife can be found in the photo galleries here and in the Flora group and Bird Club websites.

 
We have been studying and documenting the natural history of our county for over 130 years. We endeavour to cover all branches of natural history relevant to Hertfordshire.

We encourage wildlife recording. You can submit your records on line for birds, for mammals, amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies and for plants, view the latest sightings and sightings archive (from 2010).

We have a network of 26 county wildlife recorders who are experts in their field and collate the records for specific groups, such as birds, mammals, insects and flowers. Their reports are published in our annual journals, The Hertfordshire Naturalist and The Hertfordshire Bird ReportLearn more…
We also publish books on specific subjects,

We have specialist groups that focus on birds, moths and flora and close links with other local groups such as Butterfly Conservation.

Membership is open to anyone, whether or not you live in the county.

HNHS 1875 Awards for natural history in Hertfordshire - 2013 Awards  – find out more

The Society depends on voluntary donations and annual subscriptions from members all of which are devoted entirely to carrying out our work, as all officers are honorary.
 
Specialist groups:

Herts bird club
Butterfly group
Herts Moth Group
Flora group

New page - Lichens in Hertfordshire

​Heartwood Forest – monitoring the wildlife


The success of the HNHS and Herts Bird Club websites depends on the skills and dedication of many people, for which we are very grateful; we should particularly like to acknowledge the excellent work of the photographers.


See our new range of greetings cards!

Injured animals and birds – neither HNHS nor Herts Bird Club is equipped to help, please follow these links for advice on what to do:

The RSPCA the national charity that gives help and advise on sick and injured birds and animals.

RSPB has advice on injured and orphaned birds.

Tiggywinkles and the Swan Sanctuary have advice and also take in wild birds in need of care.


Make a donation:
You can use your credit or debit card to pay your annual membership subscription or make a donation towards the work of HNHS through the Virgin Money Giving link below:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving
 

HNHS news

Willow Emerald Damselfly - first for Hertfordshire

A new species of Damselfly for Hertfordshire, the dainty Willow Emerald Damselfly, Lestes viridis, was discovered by Darren Bast on the Dragonfly trail at Amwell Nature Reserve on 3rd September. This is the first fully authenticated Hertfordshire record of this species.

Darren tells the story of his find................

HNHS Autumn Meeting 11 October - Programme

Hertfordshire Natural History Society - Autunm Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 11 October 2014
from 2.00 - 5.15 at Woolmer Green Hall
- do come along - everyone welcome -
full details and the programme here

Herts Bird Club news

Hertfordshire Bird Report 2012 - now published

Hertfordshire Bird Report 2012 is now available, with the splendid Little Bittern on the cover.

Copies are being posted to all current Herts Bird Club/HNHS members from 30 June 2014.

More details about the report and how to buy a copy, here.

New - Birds of Hertfordshire - Avifauna and Atlas

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Birds of Hertfordshire - a full county avifauna - this brilliant new book will cover all the bird species commonly seen in the county plus information on every species ever recorded in Hertfordshire.
It will include the results of the most recent Atlas surveys of breeding and wintering birds, together with analysis and comparison with the two previous atlases.
More information and how to buy a copy....


Great places to visit in Herts now!  

Heartwood Forest - Long Term Monitoring.

A joint HNHS and Woodland Trust project to record and monitor the trees, flora and other wildlife at Heartwood as the site develops. More details and all the results here.