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Launch events for 'Beetles of Hertfordshire'

Trevor James with his new book

Forty HNHS members and beetle enthusiasts gathered at the headquarters of the Royal Entomological Society near St Albans on the evening of 31 July to celebrate the publication of Trevor James's landmark book Beetles of Hertfordshire.  A second, daytime event at Rye Meads Visitor Centre (by kind permission of the RSPB Manager) on 10 August brought together more beetles fans, keen to have their copies signed by the author.

Trevor's 496-page book is the first publication to not only list all the species that have been reliably recorded in a single county, but also provide tetrad-level distribution maps and photographs for the more commonly recorded species as well as habitat information.  The book describes 2,483 species that had been recorded at the time it went to press. These include many records contributed by Trevor himself during 40 years as county recorder. 

Festival of Wildlife - Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July

Make a date with the 2018 Festival of Wildlife! Organised by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in association with Hertfordshire Natural History Society and Tarmac plc, it takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Panshanger Park, near Hertford on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July (10am to 4pm).

Another new dragonfly species reaches Hertfordshire.

The Southern Migrant Hawker (Aeshna affinis) is a dragonfly species that has recently colonised the U.K., mainly since 2010 when there seems to have been an influx into the Thameside marshes of Essex and Kent. Sucessful breeding in the U.K. was first confirmed in Essex the next year.

Beetles of Hertfordshire – introductory offer extended!

We are pleased to announce that the introductory offer on our brilliant new book, Beetles of Hertfordshirehas been extended a by a month to Friday 10 August.

However, demand for Trevor's James's ground-breaking book has already exceeded expectations, and we need to re-stock. This means that although we will continue to accept orders at the introductory price of £25 (plus £10 p&p if required), no further copies will be available for mailing or collection until after 23 July

Written by Trevor James, the county recorder,  the book provides an account of all 2,483 species of beetle so far recorded in Herts. Its publication marks the first time that all the beetles reliably recorded in a UK county have been covered in such a comprehensive way – making it a landmark for future studies.

Published in hardback in the same, attractive A4 format as our five existing wildlife atlases, the book’s 496 pages include 750 distribution maps  and more than 600 colour photographs.

The special introductory price of £25 (plus p&p)  provides a huge £20 saving on the recommended retail price. Click 'read more' for further details, including two launch events.

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