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.

Dragonfly News

Beautiful Demoiselle gaining a foothold?

Although the Banded Demoiselle, which favours rivers and streams with a silty substrate, is widespread in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties, the related Beautiful Demoiselle has only occasionally been recorded in the county. A population recently became established just outside the Hertfordshire border, at Forty hall, Enfield, and some from this population seem to be dispersing into Hertfordshire.

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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