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 Nomansland Common
Sun 20 Mar 2016
This meeting combined an indoor session to discuss plans for the 2016 field season with an afternoon of sampling invertebrates at Nomansland Common. Species recorded on the day included the Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).
Invertebrate recording at Broxbourne Woods
Sat 24 Oct 2015
The final meeting of 2015 combined a day meeting in Bencroft Wood with moth-trapping in Broxbourne Wood. The day turned up a varied list of invertebrates including the saproxylic true bug Aneurus avenius, while a highlight of the evening was the Figure of Eight moth (Diloba caruleocephala). This species (pictured to the left) is thought to have suffered a 95% decline in population, nationally, since 1970.
Invertebrate recording at Amwell Nature Reserve
Sat 15 Aug 2015
This meeting was a return to Amwell Nature Reserve, which had yielded many interesting invertebrates back in May. The day saw two new species of Heteroptera for Herts identified, as well as various other interesting finds among 115 total species, including the remarkable leaf-mimicking lacewing Drepanepteryx phalaenoides shown to the left.
Invertebrate recording at Alpine Meadow and Ashridge Estate
Sat 25 Jul 2015
This meeting split time between Alpine Meadow and the Ashridge Estate, to the north of Berkhamsted. The species count for the day was 82, and this included the Tulip Tree Aphid (Illionoia liriodendri), a probable county first. Shown to the left is the bug Megaloceroea recticornis being attacked by the Nursery Web Spider (Pisauria mirabilis) at Alpine Meadow.