Recent natural history news for Hertfordshire is published here. If you have a noteworthy story, ideally with a photograph, please contact David Utting to have it added to this webpage.

Beetles of Hertfordshire – save £20 on the full price of our outstanding new book!

We are excited to announce the publication this July of Beetles of Hertfordshire – a ground breaking addition to our acclaimed series of books on the county's wildlife.

Written by Trevor James, the county recorder, the book provides an account of all 2,483 species of beetle so far recorded here. Its publication marks the first time that all the beetles reliably recorded in a UK county have been covered in such a comprehensive way – making it a landmark for future studies.

Published in hardback in the same, attractive A4 format as our five existing wildlife atlases, the book’s 496 pages include 750 distribution maps  and more than 600 colour photographs.

We expect to receive copies of Beetles of Hertfordshire by July, and pre-publication orders can be placed now at the special introductory price of £25 (plus p&p). This provides a huge £20 saving on the recommended retail price. Click 'read more' for further details, including two launch events.

New HNHS and Herts Bird Club Privacy Policy

Like other organisations, the Hertfordshire Natural History Society has responded to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that take effect on 25 May by reviewing its arrangements for making sure its use of personal data remains legal.

Our new Privacy Policy provides a detailed overview of the circumstances in which we process personal data, including information provided by our members, individuals submitting wildlife records to our websites and those who buy our books.

Sustainable St Albans Week

Our members contributed to the 2018 Sustainable St Albans Week programme by taking part in a community event on Saturday 28 April to promote the wildlife and conservation of Bricket Wood Common. Despite disappointingly wet weather visitors enjoyed a moss, lichen and liverwort hunt on the common with HNHS Chair and county Bryophyte recorder Agneta Burton (pictured).

Bird conference learns of continuing fight against raptor persecution

Guy Shorrock

Illegal persecution of birds of prey remains a continuing problem in the UK, with only a small proportion of cases brought to court, according to the RSPB's Senior Investigations Officer, Guy Shorrock. Speaking at the annual Herts Bird Club / British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) conference on March 10, he warned that the use of baited carcasses and cruel traps to kill Buzzards and Red Kites – as well as rare Hen Harriers and Golden Eagles further north in the UK – remained all too common.

'Birds of Hertfordshire' acclaimed among Britain's best local atlases

Birds of Hertfordshire, our beautifully illustrated account of population trends among more than 300 species recorded in the county, has been judged one of the best local bird atlases in Britain.

A panel of experts convened by British Birds magazine placed our book on a shortlist of the top six county bird atlases. It was then awarded fourth place in the final judging.

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