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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.

This nest is in the very early stages of development inside an old beehive. The Queen is raising the first of her worker brood.

Hornets nest and Queen. CBJ.

It is likely that many of you will have more time on your hands and usual and you may like to watch two films made by your chairman. One is ‘Mimram - Jewel of Herts Rivers’ and River Stort-Voices in Conservation. These are both on You Tube and you can find them either by searching You Tube or following these links:

for Mimram - Jewel of Herts

for River Stort - Voices in Conservation

Dark Mullein. RR.

The report of the survey can be seen here.

Hatfield Forest Nature Survey of the Gravel Pit 2019

Mimram and Stort


Currently, due to coronavirus all volunteer work parties, activities, events and field visits are cancelled until further notice.  As soon as the society hears otherwise then we will post the information and arrangements.

Web picture. RR.

Barley on Ear. PH.

See Over the Farm Date update.

Harlequin Ladybird pupa. DP.

This is probably the first of several generations which will be feeding on aphids.

This agricultural crop is sown both for birdseed and also as a cover crop and to encourage gamebirds along the edges of fields.

This tall plant is growing on one of the protected Essex grass verges at Littlebury. It differs from the Common Mullein in not having furry leaves.

These webs can be seen on bushes along field hedges. What can have made them?

Canary Grass. BE.

Pyramidal Orchids. TW

Pyramidal orchids are showing up on several sites and it is easy to see, from the flower head shape how they get their name.

Red Kites. ( Milvus milvus)

These are now a regular sight locally. Recently  7 birds were observed by DW hunting over a field which was being cut, probably for hay or haylage, making a lot of small mammals homeless!  Kites we see today are the result of Spanish birds which were reintroduced in 1989. There is altogether a long history of Red Kites in this country and they were common scavengers in the Middle Ages. There are many country names for Kites, including the local Essex one which is ‘crotch tail’.