Herts Bird Club – making the most of local birdwatching

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.

Latest news

2018 Herts Bird Club/BTO Conference Report

Around 105 people attended the Herts Bird Club Conference on Saturday 10th March 2018 at Affinity Water in Hatfield. The first presentation of the afternoon was given by Tony Blake on the Birds of Hilfield Park Reservoir.

Action for Swifts!

Between 1995 and 2015 the RSPB estimates a 51% decrease in the number of breeding Swifts in the UK making them an amber-listed species. They need our help.

Local Swift enthusiast Vicky Duxbury is looking for your assistance to identify and survey Swift nest sites and to raise awareness of the decline to help stop this worrying downward trend.

Please find more information from Vicky below. If you are interested in finding out more and helping in whatever way you can please get in touch with Vicky at 

Breeding birds

As we approach the main breeding season we kindly ask that you exercise caution when sharing reports and photos of breeding birds, or birds showing signs of potential breeding, on social media platforms such as Twitter. For example, avoid providing precise location details. Please be mindful that the welfare of the birds must always come first when watching or photographing breeding birds. Do not play songs or calls to lure the birds as this can be detrimental to their breeding success. 

This is especially relevant to those species considered rare breeding birds such as Lesser Spotted Woodpecker or Little Ringed Plover. A full list of rare breeding bird species can be found at this link Rare Breeding Birds Panel.

Please continue to report all sightings with full details to the Herts Bird Club website. These records are gratefully received but please be advised that we may not publish the record on the website if we consider it sensitive.

'Birds of Hertfordshire' acclaimed among Britain's best local atlases

Birds of Hertfordshire, our beautifully illustrated account of population trends among more than 300 species recorded in the county, has been judged one of the best local bird atlases in Britain.

A panel of experts convened by British Birds magazine placed our book on a shortlist of the top six county bird atlases. It was then awarded fourth place in the final judging.

Warm congratulations go the book's authors, Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett on this achievement. 

Visit Birds of Hertforshire acclaimed to read more.

Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2016

The latest Bird Report is available now and was mailed to Bird Club members on 23 Nov 2017. The report consists of 84 pages packed with photographs and information about all our birds both common and rare. It includes a review of each of the 198 species recorded in Hertfordshire in 2016 and finder's accounts of the two additions to the county list - Bonaparte's Gull and Franklin's Gull.

If you are not a member and would like a copy - join now.

Latest HNHS publication

Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex

Order Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex direct from HNHS, price £28 (including p&p).


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​2018 subscriptions due now

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

Heartwood Forest

A new guide to this excellent project has been added to the website - view it here.

Birds of Hertfordshire

Our new avifauna - Birds of Hertfordshire by Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett was published on 24 February 2015.
Read the review in British Birds, here. Buy now direct from Herts Bird Club for only £34 (or £39 by post).

Herts Invertrebrate Project

Read here about how to join this new recording initiative.

Herts Atlas of Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles

Please submit sightings and field signs of mammals, amphibians and reptiles to our countywide survey, full details at the Herts MARA website.

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas

All the results from the most recent Atlas (2007-12) and both previous atlas surveys available here.

Herts Wetlands Bird Survey (WeBS)

The WeBS counts are no longer published in the Hertfordshire Bird Report allowing us to present the data in a format far more comprehensive than possible in print. View more information and the latest results here.

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 Gazetteer lists site names and grid references for bird recording.

Yahoo Herts Birding group at Hertsbirding.

See details of some great places to visit in Hertfordshire at this time of year.

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.