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.

2017 Bird Club Conference

Graham White speaking at the 2017 Bird conference

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.

1875 Award nominations

Nominations are open for the Society's prestigious 1875 Awards, which will be presented at the 2017 Autumn Meeting.

The awards are made to an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist, and/or someone who has made an outstanding contribution to natural history in Hertfordshire. HNHS members should send their nominations for consideration by the management committee to Tim Hill with a short message explaining why they think their nominee should be honoured. The closing date is Friday 21 April.

Identifying our mammals, amphibians and reptiles

The Hertfordshire Mammal, Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project (Herts MARA) will be running an introductory one-day training course on Saturday 4 March 2017.  Held at the University of Hertfordshire's Bayfordbury field station, it covers identification and recording and is perfect for anyone generally interested in natural history who would like to make a more confident and systematic contribution to the survey.

Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex: special offer extended to Easter!

HNHS has recently published a comprehensive guide to the butterflies found in Hertfordshire and the former Middlesex, including their status, history, ecology and conservation needs – the first detailed account of butterflies in our area for almost 30 years. Written by county recorder Andrew Wood (pictured), Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex can be ordered at the introductory price of just £19.99 – a saving of £14 on the full price.

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