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 coordinating 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.
Late spring has yielded exciting moth discoveries, including a first confirmed record for Hertfordshire of Pseudococcyx posticana whose larvae feed on Scots Pine. It was trapped in a Hemel Hempstead garden by HNHS member Ian Bennell. A previously claimed record for the species is pre-20th century and lacks supporting data.
An undoubted newcomer, however, is Pammene ignorata: found in two separate locations during May, and a ‘first’ for south-east England as well as the county. Little is known about the moth's habits, but in continental Europe its larvae feed on Lime and Elm. The Herts Moth Group website has further information about recent sightings
Photographs of Hertfordshire wildlife can be emailed (in jpeg format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The pictures we receive are published in the HNHS photo galleries here, while others can be found in the Flora group and Bird Club websites. Note that we are currently seeking a volunteer willing to spend a few hours each month keeping the HNHS website photo galleries up to date. Contact if you might be interested.