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.
On the morning of Friday 13th September the 'Tyttenhanger Birders' met up for their regular Friday full circuit of the site. With its excellent variety of habitats, Tyttenhanger can produce a high day count of species at any time of year, but this visit turned out to be special with a site record 82 species recorded!
Read on for Rupert Evershed's account of their record breaking day which also serves as a good walking route guide around the site.
A single site day count of 82 species must be one of the highest recorded in Hertfordshire. We would love to hear from birders of other Herts sites with their highest day count records. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rupert Evershed, September 2019:
Making lists and birdwatching go hand in hand and ‘The Tyttenhanger Birders’ are no exception. A fluid group of birders comprised of ‘whoever is around’ on Friday mornings was today made up of myself (Rupert Evershed), Richard Coombes, Steve Blake and Steven Pearce. Four pairs of eyes and ears as usual started scanning the moment the all-important “Tyttenhanger recording area” was entered. (The area is defined and bordered by the A414 dual carriageway, roughly to the north, Coursers Rd to the south, the A1081 to the east and Colney Heath High Street to the west).
Dismissing any nonsense associated with it being Friday 13th we fully expected to run up our usual sightings list of 65-70 different species – a great count for any site but that’s why we think Tyttenhanger is a bit special! However, today was to be unexpectedly special in that somehow we saw nearly all the usual birds and a few extras that brought us to a record day count of 82 species! Here’s how it happened:
Kestrels bred this year at the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust's reserve at Lemsford Springs. They used a nestbox erected by volunteers at Lemsford some six years ago and with Jackdaws nesting in a box just two metres above it made for some interesting observation!
Read Lemsford Springs' warden Barry Trevis' account below and watch Peter Finney's wonderful wildlife film, capturing the birds from nesting to hatching and fledging. Go to YouTube link: https://youtu.be/noQbz2QgC2U or search YouTube 'Lemsford Kestrels'.
Photo: male Kestrel at Lemsford Springs © Peter Finney
The Breeding Kestrels of Lemsford Springs – by Barry Trevis
This year we have been fortunate to have a pair of Kestrels take up occupation of one particular large nestbox that our volunteers erected some six years ago, especially designed for the species. This spring, photographer Peter Finney and myself have filmed and photographed their breeding activities. An article on this, with some images, has just been published in the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s summer edition of ‘Wildlife Matters’ magazine. Also a short film has been produced by Peter and can now be viewed on YouTube.
Kestrels, hovering over our countryside and road verges, were once
In 2017 two pairs of Peregrines bred in Hertfordshire with two fledged young from each pair. These were the first confirmed instances of Peregrines successfully breeding in the county.....
Herts ecologist and conservationist Jenny Sherwen has recently set up a Hertford Swift Group. Read about it below including details of their first Hertford Swift Walk on Tuesday 16th July:
Do you love watching screaming swifts over our town? Perhaps you’ve seen these birds but you’d like to know more about them
Join us on our first Hertford Swift walk on Tuesday 16th July
Meet at 8pm at the Stag, Parliament Square. We hope to see you there!
Swift photo © Andy Johnson
Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report
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.
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Please renew your membership of HNHS and Herts Bird Club, details here.
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.
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.
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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.
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