A new species of Damselfly for Hertfordshire, the beautiful Willow Emerald Damselfly, Lestes viridis, was discovered by Darren Bast on the Dragonfly trail at Amwell Nature Reserve on 3rd September. This is the first fully authenticated Hertfordshire record of this species.
Local wildlife photographer, Alan Reynolds, took this stunning photograph of a Water Vole at Amwell NR on 8 July 2014, he has not seen them there for ten years.
He tells the story of his discovery:-
One of Hertfordshire’s longest running 'citizen science projects' has generated over one million records of moths in the county.
'Citizen Science' allows anyone with an interest to have direct involvement in serious scientific projects.
Our one millionth moth was contributed by Graeme Smith, who found a Hazel Blister Moth (Phyllonorycter coryli), hibernating in equipment storage bins at Hayter’s Lawnmowers in Spellbrook, where he runs the paint shop.
Over eighty members of Hertfordshire Natural History Society and friends gathered for our Autumn Meeting and AGM on Saturday 19th October 2013 at Woolmer Green Hall.
Presentation of the HNHS 1875 Awards for 2013 were made to Michael Clark - an outstanding Hertfordshire Naturalist, and John Catt - for an outstanding contribution to natural history in Hertfordshire in his book Hertfordshire Geology and Landscape.
HNHS Annual General Meeting: the Society's AGM was held just after the tea break from 4.00 - 4.15, before the final talk.
The Hertfordshire wildlife conservation community was shocked to learn of the death of Richard Ball on 28 April, aged 74. He had been unwell for some time and was taken into intensive care on 12 April.