| While never intended to be a focus of attention for recording
purposes Watford town centre has proved to be an interesting location, impossible to ignore. Several localities
host a wide range of beetle species e.g. St Mary's churchyard and gardens contain a wide range of trees and
shrubs and the ornamental pond in the high street hosts waterlilies and a range of sedges and rushes. Many
specimens are found on shop windows or walls, most likely attracted nocturnally to light. Behind Watford market the ramp leading
down to the underpass is illuminated by a series of powerful U.V lights which, until the last two years or so
attracted large numbers of moths and beetles, specimens still occur and it is always worth a look.
Wasteground, with its attendant wide range of vegetation, has all but disappeared in recent years which is a shame
as this was always a rich source of records but there are many town centre gardens and with the Colne valley
linear park (Radlett road) to the north and east, Oxhey park on the eastern end of the high street, Watford fields to the
south and Cassiobury park to the west this site will always be an interesting on for coleopterists.
Pictures supplied by Conall Murray (Junior Member)
St Mary's churchyard
High street pond