Over 70 people attended our autumn conference and AGM at Rothamstead in November 2008. We would like to thank Tim Hill for organising another successful event.

Well illustrated talks by county experts highlighted surveying, monitoring and recording in Hertfordshire. Speakers included, Sarah Jane Scott on the impact of riparian habitat quality on bats; Ronni Edmonds-Brown on breeding White-clawed Crayfish and John Murray on monitoring and managing butterfly and insect populations in Hertfordshire.

Preceding the AGM, when the existing members of the HNHS Management Committee were re-elected for a further term, was a special event.

HNHS Chair, Peter Delaloye, presented County Moth Recorder, Colin Plant with the inaugural 1875 Award for an outstanding Hertfordshire Naturalist (see further news item) and Michael Clark was made an Honorary Member of the Society in recognition of his significant contribution to the Society over many years.

Michael Clark, pictured on the left in the photograph receiving his certificate, has been a member of the Society for 40 years and served three separate terms as Chairman of Trustees. He is also the author of many wildlife and local interest books, including Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles of Hertfordshire, published by HNHS in 2001.