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Welcome to the BSDNHS. We are a traditional but forward-looking Natural History Society preserving the old skills of recording and observation whilst not hesitating to move forward and embrace new technology and ideas. We pride ourselves on being a Society and social interaction at our meetings is an important part of our philosophy. You would be very welcome to join us at any of our planned programme events and visits as outlined below.

Gives us an insight into the way that a local farm in Higher Level Stewardship works for wildlife.

Farm Gate

Over the farm gate

Things to do

Practical Conservation Volunteering Activities will be taking place throughout the year. Excellent exercise and a chance to make a really positive contribution to local nature conservation. If you are interested please leave a message on the Contacts page.

Sawbridgeworth Marsh Nature Reserve

Work Party every Sunday morning to carry out a range of management tasks on this important site in the Stort Valley. Meet at the entrance 9:30 AM.

Pishiobury Park

Work party every third Thursday in the month to carry out management tasks on this landscape Park with its 70 acres of unimproved grassland. Meet in the Car Park 10.00am.

Good news and bad news for the Stort

Summer Programme

 I’ve just had this dismal news crop up.

Please raise awareness where you can and look out for any potential sightings yourself!  This might be on the news too (the last Alert species was).

It’s possible you may have a higher chance to see a hornet as the autumn sets in, as young Queens look for a suitable hibernating and nesting site.

Please see attachments for facts.

Fact sheet 1

Fact sheet 2

Samantha Ho

Biodiversity Officer - Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne, Stort.

Some events are weather dependent these include butterflies and dragonflies. If you are interested in going on one of these interesting visits then please leave your details with either the contact given or the Chairman. Final dates and venues will be forwarded to you when a decision has been made.

If interested in any event please leave contact details with the Chairman. 01279 600726.  coppicereed@hotmail.com

If you are intending to come to any meeting please contact the leader in advance for information and numbers so that we know who to expect.

First the good news, the uncommon White Legged Damselfly has been spotted along the river between Harlow and Sawbridgeworth.

Asian Hornet

Asian Hornet Alert!

River Walk along the River Lea from Stanstead Abbotts.

BSNHS makes proposal for a Local Nature Reserve along the Bourne Brook in Bishops Stortford. See here for details.

Proposed local Nature Reserve

Installing a nest basket

The bad news is that the “Killer Shrimp” has been identified in the backwater at Roydon. This is yet another invasive species which outcompetes our native fauna, probably including damselflies! It seems to be travelling upstream and the eggs well be carried on the hulls of narrowboats.


Rare Moth found in Bishop’s Stortford
see Seasonal Gallery

Woodcock found in the middle of Bishops Stortford

This dead Woodcock was picked up in the Thorley part of Bishops Stortford on 21st November by JR and MR. It has either flown into something or has been predated. Presumably, it is a migrant bird which has come into the UK from Europe on easterly winds. It may well have been attracted to feed on the Thorley green wedge area.

Saturday August 26th.

Park in the main car park at Stansted Abbots 11.00am.
We shall follow the circular walk to RSPB Rye Meads.
Bring a picnic lunch.
Leader Jim Fish.