New HNHS web-guide to grasshoppers, bush-crickets and allied species

Bask in the thought of warmer days to come by visiting our new website page on grasshoppers, bush-crickets, ground-hoppers and allied species that include earwigs and cockroaches.

County orthoptera recorder Ian Carle has written and designed the guide to 22 species that can be seen in Hertfordshire. Its linked to a downloadable identification guide to the grasshoppers and bush-crickets that is beautifully illustrated with his own photographs.

HNHS formally objects to Tyttenhanger housing plan

Hertfordshire Natural History Society and the Herts Bird Club have formally objected to proposals for a 6,000 home village to be built on a site used by nesting Tree Sparrows and other rare and protected wildlife.

The 'Bowmans Cross' development included by Hertsmere Borough Council in its draft Local Plan threatens the last known colony of Tree Sparrows in Southeast England and more than a dozen other bird species on the adjacent Tyttenhanger gravel pits area that have been nationally 'Red-listed' due to conservation concerns. Other protected species recorded in and around the site include Brown Hare and Hedgehog, Common Toad, Great-crested Newt and the Small Heath and White-letter Hairstreak butterflies.

Annual meeting hears how 'Ratty' returned to a riverbank in Herts

A Hertfordshire comeback story of Water Voles – famous to generations as ‘Ratty’ in the children’s novel Wind in the Willows – was told at the HNHS annual meeting, held online on Saturday 27 November.

Josh Kalms, People and Wildlife Officer with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, described the careful process by which 150 of the bank and stream dwelling creatures were reintroduced to the River Ver this summer.

HNHS honours two exceptional naturalists

Exceptional, long-term work for wildlife carried out by two leading Hertfordshire naturalists has been recognised by the presentation of prestigious HNHS awards.

Picture shows Stuart Warrington (left) at Digswell Lake and Bob Reed (right) at Pishiobury Park

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