Herts Bird Club ~ A section of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society
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Herts Bird Club – making the most of local birdwatching

Green Sandpiper by Alan Reynolds

Green Sandpiper at Rye Meads on 30 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

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Welcome to the Herts Bird Club website. We promote the study and recording of birds in Hertfordshire and encourage a wider interest in natural history including the conservation of wildlife habitats.


Website updates – news pages

New Herts Bird Recorder, HNHS Secretary and Membership Secretary announced

House Martin Nest survey

How to join the 2016  survey


Hertfordshire rep for London Bird Club – this position has now been filled by Roger Payne, contact details are available here.

Please renew your membership of HNHS and Herts Bird Club for 2016, details here

The Hertfordshire 2014 Bird Report – was published and sent to Herts Bird Club members in November 2015.

 

Heartwood Forest site guide added

 

A must for all bird lovers
Birds of Hertfordshire
by Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett
• published on 24 February
• review in British Birds
• buy now direct from Herts Bird Club for only £34 (or £39 by post).

Herts Invertebrate ProjectHerts Invertebrate Project
– how to join this new recording initiative

Please submit sightings and field signs of mammals, amphibians and reptiles to our countywide survey, full details Herts Mammals, Amphibians & Reptiles Atlas.

Herts Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) 2014 results

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas – all the results from the most recent Atlas (2007-12) and both previous atlas surveys available here

How to join or renew your membership

Diary of events – field trips, walks, meetings – organised by local groups

Bird records

Please send us your Herts bird sightings through the records submission page. The latest sightings of interest will be listed automatically on the right hand side of this page, once they have been checked by a moderator. After a few days records transfer to the sightings archive.
The Herts Gazeteer lists site names and grid references for bird recording.

Yahoo Herts Birding group at Hertsbirding.

Visit some great places in Hertfordshire.

Take part in our  projects and surveys.

Buy a book, most HNHS books are now for sale at half price or less.

The success of the site depends on you, the users, entering your records and sending in interesting information, not only sightings which can be entered online but also reports on trips and additional site guides. We also welcome feedback on what you would like to see on the site, email.

Injured or orphan birds – advice here.

The Herts Bird Club is part of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and our websites are integrated. We hope this will encourage those of you who have not investigated other aspects of wildlife in Hertfordshire to have a look around the HNHS website, discover what is available. Please submit your records of other wildlife, including mammals, amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies through the HNHS website.

Who's who in the Herts Bird Club

Taken a good photograph?

Please send us your Herts bird photos for display on the website, email them to the Bird Club photos team at Herts Bird Photos. with a note of where and when they were taken. A selection will be displayed on this page, added to the photo gallery and/or chosen to illustrate the annual Herts Bird Report.

Common Tern by Alan Reynolds

Common Tern at Rye Meads on 30 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

Grey Heron by Mary Smith

Grey Heron at Rye Meads on 29 July, image by Mary Smith.

Dunlin by Mary Smith

A Dunlin at Rye Meads on 29 July, image by Mary Smith.

Green Woodpecker by Mary Smith

A juvenile Green Woodpecker at Amwell NR on 28 July, image by Mary Smith.

Common Tern by Katy Smith

Common Tern with a small Pike at Rye Meads on 27 July, image by Katy Smith.

Black Swan by Katy Smith

Black Swan at Fairlands Valley Lakes on 25 July, image by Katy Smith.

Little Grebe by Mary Smith

A young Little Grebe at Rye Meads on 23 July, image by Mary Smith.

Tufted ducklings by Mary Smith

Tufted Ducklings at Rye Meads on 23 July, image by Mary Smith.

Moorhen chick by Tom Speller

One of six Moorhen chicks encountered during the WeBS count at Fairlands Valley Lakes on 24 July, image by Tom Speller.

Grey Heron by Katy Smith

Grey Heron at Amwell NR on 24 July, image by Katy Smith.

Little Grebes by Alan Reynolds

Little Grebes at Rye Meads on 21 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

Green Sandpiper by Alan Reynolds

Green Sandpiper at Rye Meads on 1 July, image by Alan Reynolds.

For more photographs, visit the gallery

Latest sightings

Interesting recent records submitted through the website are listed here, older records are in the sightings archive.

30TH JUL: Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 30+ Swift (G Hinton)
Hertford, 5 Swift (Jenny Sherwen)
Panshanger Park, Little Egret, east end of Osprey Lake TL302123 (David Inward)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), Mediterranean Gull, adult at 1pm. Has moved to join flock on field (Clifford Smout)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Egret (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Ringed Plover, juvenile (S Blake et al.)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (S Blake et al.)
Walkern, 4 Red Kite, between Walkern and Aston (Ian Harris)
Weston Park, 40+ House Martin (Frances Hurst)

29TH JUL: Abbots Langley, Red Kite (Hilary Weston)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 35 Swift, above station moor 9.00pm (Derek Pratt)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 13 Swift, Over and around village 20:45 (G Hinton)
Childwick Bury nr St Albans, Raven, calling from large cedar tree (Bill Free)
Hitchin, 6 Swift, Kershaws Hill TL188289 (David Inward)
Marshalswick (St Albans), 13 Ring-necked Parakeet, over St Albans tennis club (Brendon Fagan)
Stanstead Abbotts, Little Owl, on its normal chimney (Roland Power)

28TH JUL: Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 25+ Swift, over & around village 20:40 (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 2 Red Kite (G Hinton)
Little Wymondley nr Stevenage, Peregrine Falcon (Rod Cheesemore)
Panshanger Park, 2+ Spotted Flycatcher, adult plus at least 1 recently fledged juvenile (Barry Reed)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Dunlin (Vicky Buckel)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 10 Green Sandpiper (Vicky Buckel)
Stevenage, 50 Swift, over the old town 2030 (Tom Speller)
Tewin, 5 Hobby (Ian Taylor)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 14 Common Tern (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Green Sandpiper (David Booth)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (Tony Kavanagh)
Weston Park, Little Owl (Frances Hurst)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Hobby, in bean crop near cemetery corner (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 7 Little Egret (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), Common Sandpiper (Jeff Bailey)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 16 Swallow (G Hinton)
Wilstone Res (Tring Reservoirs), 2 Red Kite (Jeff Bailey)

27TH JUL: Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, 2 Oystercatcher (Alan Ford)
Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Dunlin (Jane Free)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 30+ Swift, 20:45 over & around village area (G Hinton)
Colney Heath, Red Kite (Steve Evans / Ann Lee)
Hatfield Aerodrome (disused), 11+ House Martin, over Salisbury Village, 5 active nests (John Moss)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Alan Gardiner)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Egret (Alan Gardiner)

26TH JUL: Apsley, Common Tern, over grand Union canal (G Hinton)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 30+ Swift, over and around village 20:30 (G Hinton)
Chesfield Park nr Stevenage, 12 Grey Partridge, covey of nearly fully grown birds approx ten young + pair of adults (Clive Brackenbury)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Little Owl (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Red Kite (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Ring-necked Parakeet (Rupert Evershed)
Heartwood Forest - W of B651, Stonechat, In fields next to Round Wood (Rupert Evershed)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 9 Green Sandpiper (Clifford Smout)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 2 Garganey (Clifford Smout)
Stocker's Lake, Goldeneye, male in eclipse (G Lapworth)
Stocker's Lake, Kingfisher, male taking fish into nest (G Lapworth)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Grasshopper Warbler (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 12 Common Tern (S Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (S Blake/T Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Little Egret (S Blake/T Kavanagh)
Watton at Stone, Red Kite (steve Akrill)

25TH JUL: Berkhamsted, 25+ Swift (Mike Spittles)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, Little Egret, Station moor 15:35 (G Hinton)
Jersey Farm (St Albans), Red Kite (Tony Kavanagh)
Oxhey, 4 Red Kite (Geoff Young)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Garganey, 3 still from Draper mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 10 Green Sandpiper, Draper mid morning (Allan Meadows)
Tewin, 5+ Hobby (Ian Taylor)
Tyttenhanger GPs - fishing lake, 2 Oystercatcher, adults (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 4 Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Common Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh/Steve Blake)

24TH JUL: Black Bridge Landfill site near Wheathampstead, Wheatear (Darin Stanley)
Boxmoor nr Hemel Hempstead, 45+ Swift, over and around village area screaming (G Hinton)
Brookmans Park, 4 Red Kite
Brookmans Park, Hobby
Coopers Green GPs - Stanborough GP, Green Sandpiper (Steven Pearce)
Hilfield Park Reservoir, Redshank, one flying over then seen later on the dam (Jack Fearnside)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 3 Garganey
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 7 Green Sandpiper
Shafford Farm nr St Albans, Hobby (John Pritchard)
Stevenage, Red Kite, Pin Geen (Ian Harris)
Stocker's Farm, Little Owl (George Moreton)
Stocker's Lake, Egyptian Goose (George Moreton)
Thorley Wash nr Bishop's Stortford, Grasshopper Warbler (Jenny Sherwen)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Oystercatcher (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 9 Common Tern (Tony Kavanagh)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 3 Little Egret (Tony Kavanagh)
Wallington, Corn Bunting, SW of village by Icknield Way path (Steve Akrill)
Watford, Ring-necked Parakeet, in a pine tree in garden (Hilary Weston)

23RD JUL: Ashwell, Turtle Dove, purring from roof of Chain Cottage (R Holdsworth)
Ashwell, 30+ Swift, over village (R Holdsworth)
Buntingford, Barn Owl, 9.30pm (David & Susan Lyons)
Hitchin, 12 Swift, St Faiths Close TL198302 (David Inward)
Hitchin, Red Kite (Nigel Agar)
Hollingson Meads nr Harlow, Turtle Dove (Barry Reed)
Jersey Farm (St Albans), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, House Lane (Dan Fletcher)
Oughtonhead nr Hitchin, Water Rail (James Walsh)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, 8 Green Sandpiper, from Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon, Garganey, from Draper Hide (Derrick Ling)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - S lake, Green Sandpiper (Jane Free)
Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N Lake, 2 Kingfisher (Jane Free)
Tyttenhanger GPs (exact GP not specified), 10+ Common Tern, main pit, fishing & willlows farm lakes. (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Red Kite (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Peregrine Falcon (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Kingfisher (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Oystercatcher (Steven Pearce)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 5 Little Egret (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Tyttenhanger GPs - main GP, Green Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
Water End nr Great Gaddesden, Kingfisher (George Moreton)
Welwyn Garden City, Red Kite, TL241137 (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
Welwyn Garden City, c20 Swift, TL241137 (Aaron Clements-Partridge)

​​​2014 Hertfordshire Bird Report – now available

All current members of the Herts Bird Club and Natural History Society get a copy as part of membership. Join Herts Bird Club today and get your copy.
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