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Death of Pryce Buckle

With sadness, we have learned that Pryce Buckle – a former HNHS Treasurer and Secretary as well as county recorder for molluscs – died on 9 November after a prolonged illness.

Pryce was HNHS Treasurer from 1983 to 1988 and then Secretary until 1990. He became molluscs recorder in 1987 and continued in the role until 2010.

Poodunnit? How droppings identification aids practical conservation

Otters live in encouraging numbers along the Lee Valley in Hertfordshire. But it is only by surveying for their tracks and droppings (or "spraint") that anyone can be sure, since the animals themselves are rarely seen. Graham White, the RSPB's Head of Reserves Ecology, made this his first practical example of the conservation value gained from studying animal excreta when he gave the 2019 Gerald Salisbury Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 27 November at Welwyn Civic Centre.

He described how his involvement in establishing the HMWT reserve at Amwell in the 1990s started his specialist interest in identifying and monitoring animal droppings that has since been put to good use all over the country.

Have we got Poos for You!

Do not miss this year's Gerald Salisbury Memorial Lecture to be given by Graham White, RSPB Head of Reserves Ecology

Graham, last year's winner of the Society's 1875 Award for an outstanding contribution to Hertfordshire natural history, is an enthusiastic ‘coprologist’. He will be speaking about the role of scat, spraint and dung identification in wildlife conservation.

The lecture takes place at 8pm on Wednesday 27 November in the Civic Centre, Prospect Place, Welwyn, AL6 9EN.