Tarmac, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the Herts Natural History Society have won a prestigious Hertfordshire High Sherriff Award for their successful working partnership at Panshanger Park, receiving the ‘Highly Commended Award for a Voluntary-Private Sector Partnership’.
The awards, run by the High Sheriff in association with Hertfordshire Community Foundation, highlight, celebrate and encourage partnership working between voluntary or community sector organisations and the public or private sectors.
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.
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.
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.