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

24 hour Herts Bird Challenge - Saturday 25th April 2020

On Saturday 25th April 2020 the Herts Bird Club will be organising a 24 hour Herts Bird Challenge. This will comprise two events:

  • County Bird Race : competition for teams of 3-4 people. Which team will record the highest number of species in the county in 24 hours?
  • Site Challenge : How many species can you record at your local patch in 24 hours? An individual or team event.

Further details to follow in due course. If you have any questions and to register your interest please email

Start to form your teams (and team names!) now.

 

Herts Christmas Bird Count 2019

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Herts Christmas Bird Count, both out finding and counting birds and sending records to the website. Subject to any late additions or changes, 111 species were recorded from 25th to 31st December 2019, two more than the same period in 2018; a great effort. A full list a species recorded can be viewed here: Christmas Bird Count.

A special thanks to all those who went the 'extra mile' targeting species that, as the period progressed, hadn't yet been recorded. By close of play on 29th Dec the total had reached the same as 2018, 109, and with no additional species recorded on the 30th nor throughout much of the day on the 31st it looked like we were going to end on the same number. But then, at 3.06pm on 31st Dec, a tweet came through from Murray Orchard that he was out looking for one Herts resident species yet to be recorded.....

Read Murray's excellent account of what happened next below....

"As the year was drawing to a close I’d been trying to make the most of opportunities to catch up on a few birds I’d not seen in 2019. This involved a couple of trips to Kent at the expense of more local birding over the festive period, and helping with the Herts Christmas Bird Count. I had tried to add Hen Harrier to the list

Hertfordshire Bird Report 2018 - Out Now!

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2018 is published and has been sent to HNHS/Bird Club members.

The report includes a review of each of the 192 species recorded in Hertfordshire in 2018 including Pallid Harrier and Penduline Tit, both new to the county.

Read more here: Hertfordshire Bird Report 2018 including how non-members can get a copy of this excellent publication.

Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report

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.