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.

Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex: special offer extended to Easter!

HNHS has recently published a comprehensive guide to the butterflies found in Hertfordshire and the former Middlesex, including their status, history, ecology and conservation needs – the first detailed account of butterflies in our area for almost 30 years. Written by county recorder Andrew Wood (pictured), Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex can be ordered at the introductory price of just £19.99 – a saving of £14 on the full price.

Ken and Linda Smith honoured at HNHS Autumn Meeting

The remarkable 40-year contribution made by Linda and Ken Smith to natural history in Hertfordshire and its study was honoured at the HNHS Autumn Meeting when they received the Society's prestigious 1875 Awards for 2016.

Ken, who is a former chairman of the Bird Club and county bird recorder as well as co-author of the Hertfordshire Breeding Bird Atlas (1982), The Breeding Birds of Hertfordshire (1993) and Birds of Hertfordshire (2015), was recognised as 'an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist'. Linda, who was editor of the Hertfordshire Bird Report before becoming HNHS membership secretary and secretary, received the award for 'an outstanding contribution to natural history in Hertfordshire'.

Ted Fletcher, Bird Report editor, dies suddenly

Ted Fletcher

29 March 1939 – 19 September 2016

Hertfordshire Bird Report editor Ted Fletcher died suddenly whilst on a walking holiday in Sussex with his partner, Marilyn. This is a great shock and sadness, he had been due to set off on a birding holiday to Argentina very soon. Only a few days ago he had been in fine form, helping to pack and send out copies of The Hertfordshire Naturalist and he had sent the final text of the 2015 Bird Report to Jack Fearnside for typesetting.

Click on 'read more' to view tributes to Ted.

Autumn Meeting and AGM 8 October

The HNHS Autumn Meeting and Annual General Meeting is taking place this Saturday (8 October) from 2 to 5.30pm at the offices of Affinity Water in Tamblin Way, Hatfield AL10 9EZ. Members and non-members are warmly invited to join us for an entertaining and informative programme of topical talks.

The speakers include Feargal Sharkey (above), Archivist of Amwell Magna Fishery, the oldest angling club in Britain that still fishes the same water. However, Feargal is even better known as a musician and former lead singer with punk band The Undertones during the 1970s and 80s.

Wildlife Festival draws in families

On safari for 'mini-beasts' at Panshanger Park

The Hertfordshire Festival of Wildlife attracted more than a thousand visitors over the weekend of 30 and 31 July 30 – including many families enjoying the beautiful setting of Panshanger Park in the sunshine.

Organised by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust in association with HNHS, and supported by the park's owner, Tarmac, the festival featured a programme of talks by HNHS experts and others, including the leading environmentalist Tony Juniper, national President of the Wildlife Trusts.