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

BTO Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) training event at Rye Meads

Saturday March 16th 2019,

10.00am - 1.00pm 

RSPB Rye Meads at the visitors centre, Rye Rd, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire SG12 8JS

There is no charge for this event.

The session is intended for new volunteers wishing to take on a BBS square for the first time or for existing participants who may wish to improve their understanding of aspects of the survey.

Wader Tales - Green Sandpipers at Lemsford Springs

In his latest WaderTales blog, Graham Appleton has worked with Ken Smith, Mike Reed & Barry Trevis to tell the tales of territorial Green Sandpipers at Lemsford. 

Go to Winter Territories of Green Sandpipers to read the article.

This is the 67th blog in the WaderTales series, each of which translates recent research information about waders into an article that will appeal to birders. Graham is the former Communications Director for BTO.

Follow Graham on twitter @GrahamFAppleton

Photo: Green Sandpipers at Lemsford Springs 5 August 2018 © Alan Reynolds

2019 Herts Bird Club/BTO Conference

Please find details below for this year's Herts Bird Club & BTO Conference:

Saturday 2nd March 2019, 2pm - 5:30pm

Affinity Water Office, Tamblin Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EZ

As usual there is a packed programme of presentations and talks as well as the usual stalls, raffle, bird ID and Herts bird photo competitions. Admission is £5 on the door 

Warm thanks go to Affinity Water for once again hosting this popular event. Click Directions to download a map.

A new BTO survey - English Woodland Birds - Get Involved!

A BTO new survey for 2019 plans to provide data on how birds have colonised woods planted in farmland. 

Since 1988, over 22,000 farm woods have been planted in England.  The woods are mostly small, between 1 and 5 hectares in size, which will make survey coverage quite quick and straightforward.  These farm woods were planted in a wide variety of settings, ranging from complete isolation through to alongside existing established woodland. This provides a very interesting natural experiment to assess how well birds have colonised these new woodlands on farmland.

Go to the Survey and Projects page for further information including how to register.

 

Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2017

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2017 was sent out to members on 22 November 2018.

As usual the report is 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 2017 (the same total as 2016), including the first Kentish Plover since 1976, the first Bee-eaters since 1973 and December's Parrot Crossbills, one of the highlights of the year and a new species for the county - read finder Barry Reed's account in the report.

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

 

Latest HNHS publication

​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.