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, day flying moths and dragonflies. All the latest Herts Dragonfly news @DragonHerts
Look at the stunning photographs on our HNHS Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @HNHSOC.
Our latest newsletter March 2015.

Willow Emerald Damselfly laying eggs on a goat willow at Amwell NR on 22 August, image by Simon West. More information on our Dragonfly page.

A Stoat attacking a Rabbit near Hollycross Lake, Amwell NR on 17 August, image by David Sampson, more photos on our Mammals page - a good record for the Herts Mammal Atlas.
Take part in our Hertfordshire mammals, amphibians and reptiles survey.

The Hertfordshire Naturalist 2014 - the Society's journal free for subscribing members.

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

What’s going on

Herts Atlas website & results
Herts mammals, reptiles and amphibians survey - full details

Read our latest Newsletter March 2015

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

Renew your membership for 2015 - pay on-line or by cheque details here

HNHS book shop

Birds of Hertfordshire - £34
Hertfordshire Geology and Landscape - £34
Flora of Hertfordshire – now only £29 
Moths of Hertfordshire – now £15 
Dragonflies of Hertfordshire – now 
Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles – 
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:
Birds of Hertfordshire
by Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett, published by HNHS in February 2015.
Buy direct from us for only £34.
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 - 2015 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

Herts Invertebrate Project

New page - Lichens in Hertfordshire

​Heartwood Forest – monitoring the wildlife

NB the access road and car park at Heartwood are closed for re-surfacing until at least 1st Sept 2015

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.

Renew your membership for 2015 or 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

Herts Invertebrate Project finds two new true bug species for Herts at Amwell

A meeting of the Herts Invertebrate Project at Amwell Nature Reserve on 15 August 2015 found two species of Heteroptera that are believed to be new to Hertfordshire.

New project launched to boost invertebrate recording in Herts

Herts Invertebrate ProjectDetails of a new initiative to promote invertebrate recording at a variety of key sites across the county, with a particular push for under-recorded species groups. For more details and to get involved, click here.

Scarce Emerald Damselfly returns to Hertfordshire after 50+ years absence

Barry Reed has done it again - he has discovered a pair of Scarce Emerald damselflies breeding at Hertford Heath on 4 July 2015, after an absence of over 50 years. Read the full story ......

Norfolk Hawker - another new dragonfly for Hertfordshire

Amazing - another dragonfly new to Hertfordshire, this beautiful Norfolk Hawker was found and photographed by Graham Canny at Amwell NR on 25 June 2015 - read more .....

Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians - new countywide survey

Countywide survey for mammals, amphibians and reptiles 2015-2019
We are inviting everyone with an interest to take part in this countywide survey to collect data to produce a new county atlas.
The survey is now underway, follow the link for more information.

Herts Bird Club news

Hertfordshire House Martin survey - where are they now?

To all Herts birders - can you spare a few hours to help Ken Smith answer the question - 'Where are all our House Martins nesting now?'

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. Note - the access road and car park at Heartwood are closed for re-surfacing until 1st August 2015