The society counts several local nature reserve wardens amongst its members and we are active in practical local nature conservation both on and off nature reserves. We have an input into the development of the Living Landscape Vision for the Stort Valley through membership of the Stort Partnership Scheme which has influential bodies such as the Environment Agency and Natural England as its members. We have a full Winter Talks Programme from September to March and a Summer Visits Programme during the warmer months.
The BSDNHS was founded in 1935
One of the founding members was P. B. M. Allan, an author of books on moths and butterflies in his own right and also of Philip Allan book publishers. Philip Allan had the vision of a group of naturalists studying every aspect of the varied wildlife and countryside on a 15 mile radius of the centre of Bishops Stortford.
Up until 2007 the Society held a full Winter Programme of Talks in Bishop’s Stortford on a variety of natural history topics. Members also followed a Summer Field visit programme to areas of local wildlife interest.
Where we are today
In 2008 the Society moved its meeting base to Hatfield Forest NT where it became known as “Forest Nature”. Along with the River Stort Valley the Forest remains the focus of our wildlife and conservation interests.
New members are always welcomed and it is not necessary to have any specialist interest or knowledge as the more experienced naturalists in our ranks are always keen to pass on their knowledge.
Membership is open to anyone with family groups especially welcome. Annual subscription is £15.00 payable to the Treasurer in January.
Meetings will be held at the Meeting Room in the Office block at Hatfield Forest, which is situated on the Hatfield Forest road approx 200 yds on the right after turning off the old A120 in Takeley Street. There is ample parking and good facilities. The location is CM22 6NE.
Meetings start at 8.00 pm with a midway break for tea/coffee and biscuits and finish around 10.00 pm.
Visitors are welcome at any meeting but a donation of £2 per person is requested.
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Find out about the Bird Group here:
|Old Woman's Weaver|
|Pishiobury Park Bats|
|Forest Bird Watch|
|Breeding birds survey 2015|
|Over the Farm Gate|
|Records & sightings|