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/Bird Club warn of threat to last Tree Sparrow colony

HNHS and the Herts Bird Club have voiced strong objections to a proposal that would lead to land occupied by the county's last colony of Tree Sparrows being earmarked for housing development.

Tree Sparrow numbers nationally have declined by 90 per cent since the 1970s and the species has been accorded the highest 'red-list' level of concern by the Government's advisory committee on conservation. The last remaining breeding site in Hertfordshire is at Courser's Farm near Tyttenhanger gravel pits and one of only a handful of colonies left in Southeast England.

Death of Bryan Sage, co-founder of the Herts Bird Club

With great sadness, we have learned of the death of the distinguished naturalist Bryan Sage. He was a past President of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and, with the Revd. Tom Gladwin, co-founder in 1971 of the Herts Bird Club.

Bryan was an all round naturalist and, at various times between the late 1950s and early 1980s, the county recorder for birds, dragonflies and beetles. In 1964 he also became the first General Secretary of the Herts and Middlesex Trust for Nature Conservation, now the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Trevor James shortlisted for national recording award

Congratulations to Trevor James, author of our acclaimed new book Beetles of Hertfordshire on being shortlisted for the 2018 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing.

Trevor's remarkable contribution to the study and recording of wildlife  not only includes his landmark work on Coleoptera, but also his Flora of Hertfordshire (2009) that similarly set new standards for the content and presentation of county atlases.

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