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

Action for Swifts!

Between 1995 and 2015 the RSPB estimates a 51% decrease in the number of breeding Swifts in the UK making them an amber-listed species. They need our help.

Local Swift enthusiast Vicky Duxbury wants to encourage people across the County to identify and survey Swift nest sites and to raise awareness of the decline to help stop this worrying downward trend.

Please find more information from Vicky below. If you are interested in finding out more and helping in whatever way you can please get in touch with Vicky at 

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.

Multi-date record submission

It is now possible to change the date on each record when entering multiple records in the same submission. Each submission is no longer restricted to a single date.

Thank you to all those who contacted us on this.


Champions of the Flyway

In 2017 a team of four birders from North Ronalsay, the northernmost island in the Orkney archipelago, headed to the deserts of Israel in order to participate in the Champions of the Flyway 2017 24 hour bird race. Their task to see as many birds as possible in a 24 hour race and to raise funds for BirdLife International. The donations raised went straight to help save migrant birds passing through Eastern Europe from illegal hunting and poaching. Millions of birds using the Mediterranean flyway including species such as Turtle Dove, Cuckoo and Blackcap are illegally trapped and killed every year.

They won and were crowned Green Champions for Champions of the Flyway 2017, an achievement even more impressive given they had no prior knowledge of the area and competed the whole event by bike and foot to minimise their carbon footprint!

Read more about their 2017 trip and planned trip in 2019 to defend their title - Champions of the Flyway North Ronaldsay

To donate to their 2019 event and raise funds to help combat the illegal killing of birds using the Mediterranean flyway please go to their JustGiving page

For more information please contact Samuel Perfect at samuel@samuelperfect.co.uk

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

NEW PUBLICATION! Beetles of Hertfordshire – introductory offer only £25 (plus p&p)


Read more

​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.