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Wildlife

An ancient oasis of wildlife in industrial Potters Bar is thriving thanks to traditional woodland management by man and animal power. Countryside Management Service projects officer Brian Gillam explains

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April 2017

The Game Fair at Hatfield House

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Europe’s biggest festival of rural life will be at Hatfield House this summer. Supported by Hertfordshire Life, The Game Fair is sports, shopping, food and drink arena displays, traditions and a touch of glamour

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March 2017

The impact of the carrier bags charge on environmental waste has shown how change is possible, and can be dramatic, with a small change in mindset. Liz Hamilton of the Herts Campaign to Protect Rural England looks at the results and where it could lead

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March 2017

The weather may still be cold and dreary but the start of lambing season is a sign that spring is on its way. Keri Jordan welcomes the woolly arrivals and looks at how the ancient art of shepherding is faring in the county

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March 2017

An innovative project that lets children discover, learn and play in woodland has proved so successful it’s expanding to give more children access to the wild. Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust Forest Schools officer Becky Shenton explains

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March 2017

National Lottery funding will help transform an historic park in the centre of Bishop’s Stortford, writes Countryside Management Service projects officer Gregory Ault

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March 2017

Wlidlife at Purwell Meadows, Hitchin

Monday, February 27, 2017

The remnants of an ancient riverside meadow in Hitchin are still providing key habitats for wildlife. Countryside Management Service projects officer Andrew Taylor outlines the four key sites and works to improve them

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February 2017

Getting amorous for Valentine’s? So is our wildlife. Charlotte Hussey of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust looks at courtship rituals among the county’s animals as they prepare for spring

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February 2017

We may think of our winters as cold, but some species come to the UK at this season for the warm weather. Charlotte Hussey of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust spots the birds that call Herts their winter home

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January 2017

Many Christmas traditions draw on the natural world, and are often echoes of our pagan past. Charlotte Hussey of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust explores their surprising origins

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December 2016

Murmurations: the dance of the starlings

Thursday, November 17, 2016

As the nights grow longer and days colder there’s a sense of mystery in the air. Around sunset on a clear evening a great cloud of birds forms, swirling and swooping in a flying dance. Charlotte Hussey of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust looks at the magic and the science of starling murmurations

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It’s that fruitful time of year when trees are heavy with apples, pears and plums. Behind the walls of our traditional orchards, a love affair has been rekindled

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Maintaining a successful orchard

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Laura Baker, senior reserves officer at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, gives an insight into the year-round work that goes into managing a successful orchard

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Deer in Hertfordshire: rutting season

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The sights and sounds of the rutting season have been a part of autumn in Hertfordshire for centuries. Now with six species in the county named after the hart, Sandra Deeble explores where to see them and the delicate balance between us and these captivating animals

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Bringing nature and farming together

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hertfordshire is home to a large amount of farmland and modern practices that can be at odds with wildlife. Charlotte Hussey of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust outlines a new partnership that aims to bring the wild back to the farm

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Running next to a nunnery, then the home of one of Henry VIII’s military commanders, the river Ver at Sopwell Nunnery in St Albans is being looked after for the future.

Countryside Management Service projects officer Michael Iseard explains

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Top 5 butterfly spots in Herts

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

With the sun shining and flowers blooming, it’s a great time to go exploring for butterflies. Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Charlotte Hussey picks her top five places in the county to spot them

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The government has promised 11 million new trees in England over the next 25 years but needs your help. Liz Hamilton of the Campaign to Protect Rural England Herts branch explains how

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The ecologically-important woods and meadow of Great Ashby District Park on the edge of Stevenage are undergoing a five-year plan to enhance their habitats for wildlife and people. Countryside Management Service projects officer Gregory Ault explains

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Seeking a phantom: Bitterns in Herts

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tim Hill, conservation manager at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, has been down in the reedbeds searching for one of the UK’s most elusive and rare birds

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