Hertfordshire Natural History Society

Scope and Content

Four volumes ms. volumes of notes about flora and fauna in Hertfordshire.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hertfordshire Natural History Society is a registered charity which promotes the study and recording of the flora and fauna in Hertfordshire and encourages a wider interest in natural history including the conservation of wildlife, habitats and geological features.

It is a membership organisation, funded by voluntary subscriptions and donations and run by volunteers. The Society was established in January 1875 as the Watford Natural History Society and Hertfordshire Field Club by a group of local naturalists, headed by John Hopkinson who later became secretary and president. The objectives were 'the investigation of the Meteorology, Geology, Botany and Zoology of the neighbourhood of Watford and the County of Hertford, and the dissemination amongst its members of information on Natural History and Microscopical Science'. The Society expanded rapidly and in 1879 extended its remit to the whole county and took the name the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and Field Club.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Transferred on 19 May 1999 from HNHS book collections by Susan Stead, HNHS library deposited at UCL in 1935.

Other Finding Aids

Fully catalogued and list available on the online catalogue