The Herts Invertebrate Project is an initiative to promote the recording of invertebrates in Herts through the organisation of a calendar of site surveys. It was founded in 2015 with two main objectives: increasing the number of invertebrate records being made at a variety of key sites across the county, especially for under-recorded species groups; and offering an environment in which newcomers to recording can develop their confidence and skills and, thus, ultimately helping to increase the number of people with the interest and ability to contribute to biological recording.
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Invertebrate recording at Fir and Pond Woods near Potters Bar
Sat 13 Aug 2016
David Gompertz led the group round the reserve at Fir and Pond Woods on a day that started out dull but brightened up just after noon. The unimproved grassland in the central meadow was particularly enjoyable, with its richness and abundance of invertebrates.
One of the species highlights of the day was the sighting of a Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia), which is pictured to the left.
Invertebrate recording at Gaddesden Meadows near Hemel Hempstead
Sat 30 Jul 2016
The group enjoyed another fine day in the meadows around the village of Great Gaddesden. One of the more visually attractive species found on the day was a Vapourer moth (Orgyia antiqua) caterpillar, pictured to the left.
Invertebrate recording at Northaw Great Wood near Cuffley
Sat 16 Jul 2016
A pleasant day was spent in fine weather, with much recording effort focused on the wood's rides and heathy glades.
Among the species found on the day was the longhorn beetle Rutpela maculata, pictured to the left. Other highlights included Silver-washed and Dark-green Fritillaries.
Invertebrate recording at Therfield Heath SSSI near Royston
Sat 04 Jun 2016
Over the course of the meeting, the weather changed from thick fog (at 9.15am) to bright sunshine (at 6.30pm). Other than the Heath Snail (Helicella itala), pictured to the left, which was present in large numbers, there were few butterflies or other invertebrates found on Church Hill. However, surrounding paths and woodland did yield some good records.