On this page we list some great places to visit in Hertfordshire to see wildlife this month. The articles below give details of the wildlife seen on specific dates with photographs and access information.

Marshalls Heath Nature Reserve, Wheathampstead

Common Blue ? Steve Chilton

Best visited in May, June, July and August.

This small area of acid grass heath is remarkable for its biodiversity with over 1300 species of plants and animals recorded, including more than 40 on national lists of threatened species. It is a key site for butterflies, like this Common Blue.

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Waterford Heath, near Hertford

Large Red Damselfly ? Steve Chilton

Best visited in May, June, July and August.

This nature reserve has been reclaimed from a former sand and gravel works. Its constantly changing landscape supports an abundance of floral and insect interest; including the scarce Grizzled Skipper butterfly and the Large Red Damselfly. The reserve is accessible at all times and conditions are generally easy.

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Hexton Chalk Pit

Sainfoin at Hexton Chalk Pit ? Steve Chilton

Best visited in June and July.

Once an active chalk quarry, this small reserve near Hitchin is now full of chalk grassland herbs and grasses. It is a peaceful spot with fine views across the border into Bedfordshire. Steve Chilton visited on 23 June 2009 and photographed this lovely bank of Sanfoin.

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Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits near St Albans

Best visited in any month.

The Tyttenhanger area is one of the best places in Hertfordshire to see a wide variety of bird species, including wetland specialists. There is plenty of other wildlife around too.

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Symondshyde Great Wood, near Hatfield Garden Village

Marmalade Hoverfly ? Steve Chilton

Best visited in July.

This is a fantastic place to see a large number of butterflies in a relatively small area. Steve Chilton saw 16 species during four visits in July including White Admiral and White-letter Hairstreak. He also saw these delightful Marmalade Hoverflies

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