Bird Meetings and Events

Wed 26 Feb 2020 (9.45am)

Ver Valley (from St Albans)

A half day birdwatching walk led by Ann and Roger Doubleday.

Meet at the starting point in St Albans, contact the leaders for details.

Time: 9.45 am

Price: Car parking fees in St Albans, plus a voluntary £1 donation to the RSPB would be appreciated.

E-mail: annrogerbw@gmail.com

 

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Sat 29 Feb 2020 (2pm to 5.30pm)

Hertfordshire Bird Club / BTO Conference 2020

Join us at the offices of Affinity Water, Tamblin Way, Hatfield, AL10 9E on Saturday 29 February for an entertaining programme of talks, plus the ever-popular review of the past birdwatching year in Hertfordshire.

Admission is £5, but don't forget the raffle and opportunities to buy HNHS publications from the bookstall at a discount!

2:00    Welcome – Rupert Evershed, Chairman, Herts Bird Club

    Affinity Water Update on the water situation in Hertfordshire  – Alister Leggatt

2:05    Volunteers Recording the Secret Life of Birds – Carl Barimore, BTO

Organised by: Herts Bird Club

Sun 01 Mar 2020 (8am - 10.15am)

Harpenden Lea Valley walk

Guided walk along the River Lea identifying local birds, led by John Taylor. No experience of birdwatching necessary.

Meet by the bridge across the River Lea near the 'Marquis of Granby' pub, which is at the junction of Crabtree Lane and Marquis Lane.

Time: 8 am to 10.15 am

Price: Free but a £1 donation for the RSPB would be appreciated.

 01582 715420

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Thu 05 Mar 2020 (9.30am)

Stanstead Innings

The lakes next to Rye Meads reserve looking for wintering wildfowl and other winter visitors. Meet in Rye Meads car park at 9.30. Nearest Postcode: SG12 8JS 

Contact: stan.kitchiner@hotmail.com

Organised by: RSPB South East Herts Group

Wed 18 Mar 2020 (10.15am - 4pm)

Fisher's Green (Lea Valley)

A full day of birdwatching. Meet at 10.15 am at the Fishers Green car park on Stubbins Hall Lane (EN9 2EF), off the B194 north of Waltham Abbey. Postcode: EN9 2EF . Car park charge £2.50 The visit will end by 4 pm.

Led by Ann & Roger Doubleday. Please contact the leader in advance if you plan to attend. 

Time: 10.15 am

Price: Contribution towards petrol costs when car sharing and an optional £1 donation to the RSPB

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Wed 25 Mar 2020 (9.45am)

Brocket Park

A half day birdwatching walk led by Ann and Roger Doubleday. Meet at the start point, contact leaders for details.

Time: 9.45 am

Price: Free but a £1 donation for the RSPB would be appreciated.

E-mail: annrogerbw@gmail.com

 

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Fri 03 Apr 2020 (9.30am)

Tyttenhanger gravel pits

A chance to see late leaving winter and early arriving summer migrants plus resident birds. Meet at the top end of Church Lane by the Model Railway enclosure at 9.30. Nearest Postcode: AL4 0NH.

Conctact: stan.kitchiner@hotmail.com

Organised by: RSPB South East Herts Group

Sun 05 Apr 2020 (8am - 10.15am)

Harpenden Lea Valley walk

Guided walk along the River Lea identifying local birds. Led by John Taylor.

Meet on the bridge over the River Lea near the 'Marquis of Granby' at the junction of Crabtree Lane and Marquis Lane

Time: 8 am to 10.15 am

Price: Free but a £1 donation for the RSPB would be appreciated.

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Wed 22 Apr 2020 (9.45am)

Ayot St Lawrence walk

A half day birdwatching walk led by Ann and Roger Doubleday.. Meet at the starting point in Ayot St. Lawrence, contact the leaders for details.

Time: 9.45 am

Price: Free but a £1 donation for the RSPB would be appreciated.

E-mail: annrogerbw@gmail.com

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Sat 25 Apr 2020

Herts Bird Challenge 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 24 hour Herts Bird Challenge!

When: Saturday 25th April 2020

Where: Hertfordshire!

To register, please complete the HBC2020 - Registration Form (excel) or HBC2020 - Registation Form (pdf)and email it to birdweb@hnhs.org by Saturday 18th April 2020 at the latest.

There are two events on the day:

24 Hour County Bird Race

A competition for teams of 3 to 4 people: which team can record the most species in Hertfordshire in 24 hours. For more information (including a few basic rules!) please download HBC2020 24hr County Bird Race – Information

Site Challenge

An individual or team event: how many species can you record at one site in up to 24 hours.  The site is up to you: it could be your local patch or perhaps somewhere you have not visited before.

Why not make it a family event? (it doesn’t have to be the full 24 hours!). See how many of the species on the HBC2020 -  Record Sheet you can tick off. The end of April is one of the best periods for spring migration so you may be lucky enough to see a Herts rarity species.  There is no shortage of excellent places to go and enjoy birds in Hertfordshire:

In the east of the county the Lea Valley has plenty to offer including Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust's (HMWTAmwell NR , RSPB Rye Meads (opens 9am - 5pm),  or the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority's (LVRPACheshunt Gravel Pits

More centrally there is the Woodland Trust’s Heartwood Forest, or the varied habitats of Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits, or Verulamium Park at St Albans

In the west of the county you could try Watford’s Cassiobury Park, or the expansive HMWT's Tring Reservoirs or HMWT's Stocker’s Lake nr Rickmansworth

Or perhaps visit one of Hertfordshire's many rich woodlands such as HMWT's Balls Wood near Hertford and enjoy the wonderful sound of spring bird song.

Or take a stroll along the Icknield Way between Therfield and Royston and enjoy the beautiful open countryside of north Hertfordshire.

There are of course many other places to visit. The site is up to you!

Fundraising

Fundraising is encouraged but not obligatory. Any monies raised will be donated to the Herts Bird Club via the Herts Natural History Society (HNHS), registered charity 218418. The funds will be used for bird conservation causes within Hertfordshire: the specific cause will be announced in due course. 

A prize will be given for the team that raises the most money!

There are two options:

a. One-off donation:  You can make a one off donation upon registering via the HNHS Virginmoneygiving page. The suggested amount is £10 per team but donations are entirely voluntary and can be for more or less than this amount.

b.Team sponsorship: Teams may collect sponsorship for the event either via one-off donations from supporters or for donations per species recorded.  Teams are responsible for organizing and collecting their sponsorship money which must be submitted via the HNHS Virginmoneygiving page.  A suggested HBC2020 - Sponsorship Form (excel) or HBC2020 - Sponsorship Form (pdf) is provided

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Organised by: Herts Bird Club