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.

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Latest news

The Great Herts Garden Bird Count - Running County Total

Three species added to the  The Great Herts Garden Bird Count on 8 April, bringing the total to 91 species: a Little Owl calling nearby a Shafford Farm garden, a Red-crested Pochard on a river from a Rickmansworth garden, and star of the show a Goshawk well watched over a garden in Berkhampsted.

What will the upcoming Easter weekend bring?  Thanks to all those taking part and submitting records and keep those eyes on the skies!

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The Great Herts Garden Bird Count

Throughout the month of April the Herts Bird Club will be running The Great Herts Garden Bird Count. The aim to see how many species we can record in or from our Hertfordshire gardens from 1 April - 30 April.

The rules are simple: any species seen or heard in or from your house/garden. Flyovers or birds seen/heard in neighbouring gardens or streets all count as long as you are in your garden or house at the time.

No need to register, simply submit your garden records to the Herts Bird Website and enter the word 'garden' in the Comment field.

Individual Awards

As well as a county wide count there will be individual awards for:
- The garden which records the highest number of species 1 April - 30 April
- The garden which records the 2nd highest number of species 1 April - 30 April
- The best bird recorded (based on fewest number of historical records)


Running totals will be provided throughout the month on the website and from @hertsbirds on twitter and you can share your garden sightings and photos on twitter using the hashtag #hertsgardenbirds

Get the family involved. And whilst counting and watching garden birds why not make a note of other species groups visiting your garden such as butterflies, bees, beetles, amphibians & mammals and submit records to HNHS or via a wildlife recording App such as irecord.

Herts Bird Challenge 25 April 2020: Cancelled

Unfortunately due the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the Herts Bird Challenge on 25 April 2020 is cancelled. Both the 24 hour County Bird Race and Site Challenge will no longer take place. The competition will be rearranged for 2021.


Look out for The Great Herts Garden Bird Count posting soon!

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.