The Society publishes annual journals (The Hertfordshire Naturalist and The Hertfordshire Bird Report, which form the HNHS Transactions published continuously since 1875) and  books on specific topics (wild flowers, birds, moths, dragonflies, mammals, amphibians and reptiles).

Past issues

Issues from previous years are available from the Society please contact the Secretary,  David Utting on 01727 762855 or by email, or write to 250 Sandridge Road, St Albans, AL1 4AL. The latest issues are shown below.

Previous issues of The Hertfordshire Naturalist can be found here and past issues of The Hertfordshire Bird Report are here.

HNHS Transactions

The Hertfordshire Naturalist 2017

 Hertfordshire Naturalist 2017 (cover)

The Hertfordshire Naturalist 2017 was mailed to members in October. Its 72 pages include papers on:

  • The overwintering sites of ladybirds, shieldbugs and allied species
  • Water vole re-introduction
  • The revival of Thorley Wash Nature Reserve
  • The diversity of Muntjac diets
  • Glow worms in Bramble's Wood
  • The Modular River Survey

The Hertfordshire Naturalist 2016

The Hertfordshire Naturalist 2016 was mailed to members in early September. Its 84 pages provide a mix of papers, photo-features and recorder's reports, including an update by Colin Plant to his 2008 book Moths of Hertfordshire. Owing to an impressively high number of contributions received for this year's issue, a small supplementary section has been published online.

HNHS Books

Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex

Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex

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By Andrew Wood

Our widely-acclaimed book Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex was published in November 2016. Copiously illustrated with colour photographs taken in the two counties, it provides the first in-depth account of butterflies found in our area for almost 30 years. 

The book is published in the same A4, hardback format as Birds of Hertfordshire and other popular HNHS atlases. It includes present-day and historic distribution maps for all 34 resident and migrant species recorded in recent years, together with an analysis of trend data. Its 272 pages also provide an expert evaluation of changing rural and urban landscapes and their impact on butterfly populations since the 1980s. Descriptions of more than 50 publicly accessible ‘top spots’ for butterflies are accompanied by maps and other information on visiting them.

If you buy Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex here you can choose to have the book dellivered by post for £28 or collect it from HNHS at 250 Sandridge Road, St Albans, AL1 4AL for £25. Prices for mailing to overseas addresses are available on request. 

Payment can be made using your debit or credit card through our secure PayPal account. Orders will be acknowledged by e-mail. Alternatively send a cheque for £28 (or £25 if collecting the book), payable to 'Hertfordshire Natural History Society' together with your name, address, and telephone number to: Hertfordshire Natural History Society, c/o 250 Sandridge Road, St Albans, AL1 4AL. Add your email address if you wish for an immediate acknowledgement of your order.

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Birds of Hertfordshire

Birds of Hertfordshire

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By Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett

Our brilliant new book, Birds of Hertfordshire, describes all the species of birds ever recorded in the County, from our common garden birds though to the rarest. It is a full county avifauna and atlas including comprehensive information on where and when to see the birds and how their numbers and distribution have changed over the years.

Published for Herts Bird Club by Hertfordshire Natural History Society in February 2015. Written by local experts with all the photographs taken in Hertfordshire, the book is A4 format, hardback and in full colour throughout.

You can buy this book direct from Hertfordshire Natural History Society with your credit or debit card using the PayPal link below. You can choose to have the book delivered by post for £39 or collect from HNHS at 250 Sandridge Road, St Albans, AL1 4AL for £34.

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Hertfordshire Geology and Landscape

Hertfordshire Geology and Landscape

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By John Catt

A major new work on Hertfordshire’s earth heritage and its fundamental influence on geodiversity and biodiversity.

Published by HNHS with Hertfordshire Geological Society in December 2010. A4 format, hardbound, 384 pages, illustrated in colour throughout with over 200 maps and photographs.

The book gives a comprehensive and authoritative account of the basic geology of the county and its relationships with a wide range of topics, including soils, ecology, agriculture, prehistoric archaeology, hydrogeology, mineral resources and building stones.

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Flora of Hertfordshire

Flora of Hertfordshire

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By Trevor J James

A must for everyone who enjoys the Hertfordshire countryside and finding wild flowers. Includes over 2000 species of vascular plants, sub-species and hybrids recorded in the county during the Hertfordshire Flora Survey 1987-2005, with distribution maps and comparisons with earlier surveys.

Foreword by well known author and plant expert, Richard Mabey.

Published and distributed by Hertfordshire Natural History Society in December 2009. A4 format, hardback, 528 pages, full colour throughout. You can buy this book direct from Hertfordshire Natural History Society with your credit or debit card using the PayPal link below. You can choose to have the book delivered by post for £35 or collect from HNHS at 250 Sandridge Road, St Albans, AL1 4AL for £25.

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The Moths of Hertfordshire

The Moths of Hertfordshire

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By Colin Plant

Colin Plant's definitive book - The history, status, distribution and phenology of the micro- and macro-Lepidoptera of a south-eastern English county

Published by Hertfordshire Natural History Society in July 2008.
544 pages, with many colour photos, distribution maps and flight charts
Hardback, A4 size, 295 x 210mm, spine 36mm, weight 2480g,
Cover price £45.00

The book is the result of ten years of survey work by volunteers, led by the Herts Moth Group and compiled and edited by Colin Plant. You can buy this book direct from Hertfordshire Natural History Society with your credit or debit card using the PayPal link below. You can choose to have the book delivered by post for £25 or collect from HNHS at 250 Sandridge Road, St Albans, AL1 4AL for £15.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Hertfordshire

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Hertfordshire

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By Alan Reynolds, Tom Gladwin & Christine Shepperson

Published by Hertfordshire Natural History Society in April 2008
Paperback, B5 size, 144 pages, colour photos, maps and flight charts
Original cover price £22

The book covers all 19 species of Dragonfly that live in the county. Each is described and illustrated with a colour photo, distribution map and the time of year when it can be seen in Hertfordshire.

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Birds at Tring Reservoirs

Birds at Tring Reservoirs

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By Rob Young, Jack Fearnside and David Russell with line drawings by Jan Wilczur

Published in 1996, by Hertfordshire Natural History Society
Softback, 136 pages, illustrated with line drawings and black and white photos.

Original cover price £7.50.

This book describes the past and present status of all the species to have occurred at Tring Reservoirs, together with the history of the reservoirs, the habitats and a site guide. Tring Reservoirs forms one of the most important wetland sites in both Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

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The Breeding Birds of Hertfordshire

The Breeding Birds of Hertfordfshire

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By Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside, Ted Fletcher and Robin Smith

Hardback - 316 pages - published 1993
Original cover price £22

This book describes the distributions of breeding birds in the county and compares them with similar data collected 20 years earlier. It is the result of over 7600 hours of fieldwork by 250 local birdwatchers and it reveals the extent of the changes that have occurred in our breeding birds, often un-noticed by even the most ardent birdwatcher.

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