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

Hertsmere Local Plan - Proposed Development at Tyttenhanger: JUST TWO MORE DAYS TO SUBMIT COMMENTS

Hertsmere Borough Council have released a public consultation document covering a number of potential sites for housing and employment. One of the sites 'H2' is a proposed 'garden village' at Tyttenhanger covering a large area either side of Coursers Road and incorporating Tyttenhanger Farm and New Plantation Wood.

The full plan can be accessed at Local Plan Hertsmere by downloading the pdf document 'final version of our sites document'. Page 10 shows a map highlighting the various sites proposed for development including 'H2' at Tyttenhanger which is explained in more detail on pages 146-149. This development would undoubtedly impact negatively on the wildlife at Tyttenhanger, including, of course, the local Tree Sparrow population which is the last remaining colony in Hertfordshire and one of the last in the whole of the south east of England.

The proposals are open for public consultation until midnight on 20 December 2018. To comment on the proposals you can post them online by creating a log in at Consultation Portal where others can view your comments and you can also view comments by others, or you can email your comments directly to .

Local birders have opened a new twitter account @SaveTyttGP #savetyttenhanger where you can view the latest news and developments.

Herts Christmas Bird Count 2018

New for 2018 - Herts Christmas Bird Count: how many species can we collectively find & record in Hertfordshire between 25th and 31st December? Note this is not an individual birdrace.

No rules other than all birds must be seen in Hertfordshire from 25th December to 31st December and please send all records to the website - Record Submission - so we can post updates throughout the period.

The list below shows the 126 species recorded in Hertfordshire during the same period over the past 5 years (2013 - 2017) with a high of 111 in 2014 and a low of 103 in 2017.

Survey News

Two new national surveys are being launched:

English Winter Bird Survey December 2018 to March 2019 

Aims to evaluate how food resources in winter affect birds in lowland farming. The structure and methodology of the survey closely follows that of the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) and is to be conducted in the same squares.

 

Urban Nesting Gulls 2019

​Final year of the Seabird Count 2015 - 2019 and a national census of urban nesting gulls. Are Herring or Lesser Black-backed Gulls nesting in a Herts town near you?

 

For further information and to find out how you can get involved in these two exciting new surveys go to the Surveys and projects page

Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2017

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.

 

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.