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Birds of Hertfordshire - published on 24 February

25 Feb 2015

​Buy your copy now for £34
(or £39 by post to UK addresses) details below 

We are delighted to announce that this long awaited book was published on 24 February 2015 at a well attended launch event in Verulamium Museum.

Authors Chris Dee, Ken Smith, Mike Ilett and Jack Fearnside at the launch, photograph by Dan Corbett


Buy your copy now using the on-line link below for £39 (post free) or buy for only £34 at our book signing event on Saturday 7th March at Welwyn Civic Centre - all the details here.

Birds of Hertfordshire is a full county avifauna covering all the species ever recorded in the county. The species accounts detail the records and patterns of occurrence for all our common garden birds through to the most exotic Herts rarities. The book presents the results of the most recent Atlas surveys of breeding and wintering birds, together with analysis and comparison with the two previous atlases. It also draws on results from Breeding Bird and Wetland Bird Surveys in the county.

Written by Herts Bird Club experts Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett with invited chapters by Tom Gladwin and Graham White.

Illustrated by local artist Alan Harris - buy an artwork from the book direct from Alan Harris.

​​The book is A4 format, hardbound, about 300 pages, with colour photographs by local photographers, distribution and abundance maps in full colour and beautiful paintings by Alan Harris. This example page shows the wealth of information presented for each species.

Buy now for £39 (sent to you by post)) or £34 (you collect from HNHS) using your debit or credit card through our secure PayPal account,
orders will be acknowledged by email

Delivery options

or send a cheque for £39 (payable to Hertfordshire Natural History Society) together with your name and address or telephone number to
Hertfordshire Natural History Society, c/o 24 Mandeville Rise, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7JU.
add your email address or a stamped addressed envelope so we can acknowledge your order.
(Postage and packing free for delivery to an address in the UK, ask for a price to send abroad.)

Buy your copy for only £34 and collect it from HNHS in Welwyn Garden City.

Further information from: Linda Smith, HNHS Secretary at 24 Mandeville Rise Welwyn Garden City AL8 7JU, Tel 01707 330405, email; -

More about the book and the authors

The six main chapters cover

  • the Hertfordshire landscape
  • the history of Hertfordshire ornithology
  • the results of the Herts Bird Club surveys over the last 40 years
  • detailed accounts for each of the 308 species recorded in the county
  • the changes in the county avifauna and their causes
  • the conservation of birds in Hertfordshire

Alongside the book on-line access is provided to all the species distribution maps from the three atlas projects 1967-73, 1988-92 and 2007-12 and (where available) to the summer and winter abundance maps from the 2007-12 atlas.

Why do we need another book on the birds of this well watched area?

The answer is quite simple - bird populations are changing all the time and even over the 30 years since the last avifauna was published some remarkably big changes have taken place and it is important to take stock periodically.

About the Authors

The authors, all Herts Bird Club members, have a life-long interest in birds and bring together a wide range of knowledge and skills.


Ken Smith was a research biologist for the RSPB for most of his professional career, working on some of our most threatened bird species, now retired, he continues to study birds in Hertfordshire and is Chairman of Herts Bird Club.



Chris Dee is a freelance IT consultant, specialising in the management and presentation of environmental data. He has been the Hertfordshire BTO Regional Representative and a member of the Herts Bird Club committee for 25 years and is the Ringing Secretary of the Rye Meads Ringing Group.


Jack Fearnside is a partner in a London-based design consultancy. Born and bred in Herts, he served on the Herts Bird Club committee for several years and currently helps run a Constant Effort ringing site at Hilfield Park Reservoirs



Mike Ilett


Mike Ilett was born in Hertford and has birded in the county since he was about 12 years old. He has been a member of the Herts Bird Club Committee since 1998, was county recorder from 2000 to 2005 and now chairs the Herts Rare Birds Panel.


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