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

Therfield Pallid Harrier - Parking

When going to see the Pallid Harrier at Therfield please DO NOT park along the grass verges of Mill Lane. This is at the request of the farmer. Instead, please find a suitable place to park in the village. There is a footpath heading east next to the Fox & Duck pub.

BTO Tawny Owl Survey - Volunteers Needed!

As part of Project Owl the BTO are looking for volunteers to take part in a couple of Tawny Owl surveys, which it’s hoped will run from this autumn to spring 2020.

The first of these is called the Tawny Owl Point Survey which starts this autumn from mid-August until mid-October. It requires volunteers to undertake two 20 minute long evening visits, within the two hours after sunset, to the middle of their allocated tetrad and to record any Tawny Owls heard. The intention is to repeat again next spring, from mid-February to mid-March and, funding permitting, again in autumn 2019/spring 2020.

Interested? Check out available squares, including many still available in Herts, and sign up for one at:

Tawny Owl Point Survey

It is hoped to cover all the priority tetrads.

There will also be a Tawny Owl Calling Survey. This is easily done from people’s gardens, or local green space, and entails spending 20 minutes listening for Tawny Owls on one evening per week from 30 September to 31 March.

Registration for this survey will be possible soon.

Penduline Tit at Tyttenhanger - a new species for Herts

Following on from his White-winged Black Tern find at Tyttenhanger last Autumn, Steve Blake once again struck patch gold this time adding a new species to the Herts list. Read Steve's account of his find below.

" Monday, 16th April 2018

After what felt like a never ending wet and cold winter, today felt more like spring had finally arrived!  Although some migrant birds were already on site, I had a few target birds in mind, planning to cover the whole site in pursuit of those species.

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

​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.