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Hertfordshire’s hidden wildlife treasures

A new online photo exhibition – Herts in Focus – is bringing some of our county’s most stunning wildlife into homes thanks to a new initiative from Herts Community Foundation.

This blog has been put together by Henrietta Buxton, local resident and amateur photographer.  Henrietta Buxton came up with the idea for, and curated, the new Herts in Focus photo exhibition following her recent appointment as a Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) Ambassador. She shares some of the photos here.

Herts in Focus – exhibition of our county’s hidden wildlife treasures

Barn Owl in flight by Robin Lowry

Herts in Focus is the culmination of the work of 11 local photographers and 60 stunning photos revealing some of our county’s hidden wildlife treasures – from owls in full flight to bank voles nibbling on fruit…

Blue tit in blossom by Robin Lowry

You can enjoy all of the photos in the online exhibition and you can also purchase framed prints for £60 each. All proceeds will go to Herts Community Foundation and will stay in the county to support people in need.

Catch the fly   by  Henrietta Buxton

The photos are selling well and for anyone looking for Christmas gift ideas – look no further!

The inspiration 

Launching this exhibition brought together Henrietta’s love of all things nature with her desire and commitment to helping people living in need and deprivation in Hertfordshire.

“We hope that the photographs inspire you and bring you a sense of pride of Hertfordshire, which has so much to offer those of us that call it home. However, we are also acutely aware that life can be difficult for many, with hidden deprivation and social issues such as isolation, addiction, domestic abuse, mental illness etc affecting many local people. It was the desire to help local people that was the driving force for this exhibition. We are sure you will enjoy it.”

Henrietta Buxton Ambassador for Herts Community Foundation

Courting Brimstones photo by David Chapman

About Hertfordshire Community Foundation

For anyone who hasn’t heard of HCF, it is a county-wide charity that seeks to address a broad range of local social need. Since 1988 HCF has worked with hundreds of local philanthropists (including businesses, families and individuals) to provide targeted grant support to local communities where it is needed most. 

Last year HCF awarded over £1m in grant aid helping tackle hidden need here in Hertfordshire. With 25,000 children living in poverty, 213 people sleeping rough and 18.3% of households living in poverty demand for HCF’s support grows year on year. All these issues have of course been compounded further by Covid-19 and HCF has distributed more than £800,00 in emergency relief grants since lockdown began but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Taking part

To see the Herts in Focus exhibition see

For general enquiries about the exhibition or HCF please email

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