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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

Winter 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.

Meetings will be held at the Meeting Room in Office block at Hatfield Forest, which is situated on the Hatfield Forest road approx 200yds on the right after turning off the old A120 in Takeley Street. There is ample parking and good facilities.

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.

The Bird Group has informal meetings on the first Monday of every month at 8.00 p.m. in the Bricklayers Arms in Hadham Road.  

If there is a Bank Holiday the meeting is transferred to the second Monday.

For general information please contact the Chairman

The annual subscription to the society is £15.00 payable to the Treasurer in January

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

Asian Hornet

Asian Hornet Alert!

FLEAM DYKE

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.

Friday 16th February
An illustrated talk by Ann Forbes