There was much excitement in the summer when Darren Bast discovered Willow Emerald Damselflies (Lestes viridis) at Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust's Amwell nature reserve on 3 September this year. This was the first time they had been recorded in Hertfordshire.
Now after a great bit of detective work by Barry Reed and HMWT staff, we have proof that they are breeding.
The GB Non-Native Species Secretariat in conjunction with the Environment Agency has issued a new warning about the invasive Quagga Mussel, which has now been found in both the Lee and the Colne river systems.
The 1875 Awards, named after the year the Society was founded, were presented at our Autumn meeting on Saturday 11 October 2014. The award for an outstanding contribution to natural history in Hertfordshire was presented to Peter Delaloye and the award for an outstanding Hertfordshire Naturalist was presented to Andrew Harris.
Ron Baber, who joined the Herts Natural History Society at the start of this year, has spent the summer watching and learning about wonderful wildlife on his doorstep. He shares his story with us...........
This time last year I knew virtually nothing about Dragonflies, Damselflies or Butterflies, - apart from what I could recall from my childhood in Essex. I'm 61 now so the memories are dim and distant. However, this spring and summer I determined to reacquaint myself with those memories and hopefully add a few new ones in the process.