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.

HNHS Autumn Meeting and AGM - Bats, Butterflies and Crayfish

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.

History of Hertfordshire Natural History

Hertfordshire Natural History Society was founded in 1875 in Watford. From that date to the present, there has been a continuous pursuit of natural history study across the County.

Herts Bird Club/BTO Conference

Saturday 28th March 2009, 2.00pm – 5.30pm

Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Herts

Birds in Towns and Cities
An afternoon meeting, with five illustrated talks highlighting how birds and birders are adapting to our increasingly urban environment;
Speakers include David Lindo – the Urban Birder

Nominations for the HNHS 1875 Awards for 2009

You are invited to submit nominations for the 1875 Awards for 2009.

As announced at the AGM, up to two Awards will be given each year to recognise:

  • an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist and/or
  • someone who has made an outstanding contribution to natural history in Hertfordshire.

The first 1875 Award – Colin Plant honoured

We are proud to announce that the Society’s inaugural 1875 Award has been presented to Colin Plant for his outstanding contribution to natural history in Hertfordshire. Colin, who has been our County Recorder for moths for over ten years, is the author of the impressive HNHS book The Moths of Hertfordshire published last July. To buy a copy of Colin's book, see the publications page.

The name of the award commemorates the founding of the Society in 1875. The hunt is now on for nominations for the 2009 awards.

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