HNHS Awards for 2024

If you know an outstanding Hertfordshire naturalist or someone who has made outstanding contribution to natural history in our county consider nominating them for an HNHS Award this year.

Continuing concern over Broadwater Lake SSSI future

Despite receiving more than 1,200 objections to its plans the London Borough of Hillingdon still appears intent on creating a large watersports centre on the Broadwater Lake Site of Special Scientific Interest. The lake is part of the Colne Valley wetland system which extends into Hertfordshire and is nationally important for wintering wildfowl.  

Optimow 2024 – citizen science to help garden pollinators

Scientists are inviting gardeners interested in helping bees, butterflies and other pollinators to take part in a study to discover how grass mowing can be timed to maximise their impact.

Participants in the Optimow 2024 project, organised by the Brown Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London  will be asked to follow a mowing frequency plan, while submitting weekly counts of the key pollinators sighted in their gardens.