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An estimated 3,000 people came together over the weekend of 29 and 30 July to celebrate the variety of local wildlife. The Festival of Wildlife in Panshanger Park near Hertford was organised by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Hertfordshire Natural History Society, and hosted by site owners Tarmac.
The family-friendly Festival, which was free, featured guided walks and expert talks as well as a whole host of conservation activities.
Tarmac, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the Herts Natural History Society have won a prestigious Hertfordshire High Sherriff Award for their successful working partnership at Panshanger Park, receiving the ‘Highly Commended Award for a Voluntary-Private Sector Partnership’.
The awards, run by the High Sheriff in association with Hertfordshire Community Foundation, highlight, celebrate and encourage partnership working between voluntary or community sector organisations and the public or private sectors.
An audience of more than a hundred enjoyed the 2017 Herts Bird Club / British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) conference at the offices of Affinity Water, Hatfield on Saturday 11 March.
A packed programme included a presentation by Graham White on competition between Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls for nesting rafts in the Lea Valley and the potential for coexistence and conservation-friendly solutions. Ken Smith and Barry Trevis described the programme of ringing and tracking that has enabled wintering Green Sandpipers to be tracked from the Lemsford Springs reserve to their breeding grounds in Scandinavia.