Time for your 1875 Award nominations

Do you know an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist or someone who has made outstanding contribution to natural history in our county? If so, do consider nominating them for one of the HNHS's prestigious 1875 Awards.

HNHS/Bird Club warn of threat to last Tree Sparrow colony

HNHS and the Herts Bird Club have voiced strong objections to a proposal that would lead to land occupied by the county's last colony of Tree Sparrows being earmarked for housing development.

Tree Sparrow numbers nationally have declined by 90 per cent since the 1970s and the species has been accorded the highest 'red-list' level of concern by the Government's advisory committee on conservation. The last remaining breeding site in Hertfordshire is at Courser's Farm near Tyttenhanger gravel pits and one of only a handful of colonies left in Southeast England.