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

Changes to Records Submission

We have updated the Records Submission page to improve the performance of multi-record entry. The 'Please Select' drop-down options on the right hand side of the screen for site and species have been removed.

Please continue to use the predictive text fields to find the site and species by entering the first few letters of their names. These fields remain unchanged.

We have very much appreciated your patience whilst we have worked to resolve this issue.

If you need help or have any questions about the record submission or have any suggestions or comments about the website in general please contact us at birdweb@hnhs.org

Amwell NR Access Restrictions

Between 16th October 2017 and 15th January 2018 Cadent Gas Ltd will be undertaking essential gas main safety work at Amwell Nature Reserve. As a result please note the following:

  • there will be no access to Amwell Nature Reserve during weekdays.
  • at weekends there will be limited access to the reserve from Amwell Lane entrance. The White and James hides and the viewpoints will be accessible but the Gladwin Hide and the path leading to it from the main viewpoint will be closed.
  • Hollycross Lake will be open this winter, accessible at weekends.

Please visit Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust for further information.

Tyttenhanger White-winged Black Tern

It has been very good at Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits so far this year, with 137 species recorded up to 23 September, more than the full year totals for the years 2013-2016 with over three months of year still remaining. Highlights so far this year include Great White Egret, Caspian Gull, Little Gull, Hooded Crow, Bar-tailed Godwit, Iceland Gull, Garganey, Black Redstart, Temminck’s Stint, Avocet, Black Tern, Grey Plover, Tree Pipit and Redstart. 

The 137th species was rather special as Steve Blake, who birds the site most days and who found the bird explains…

Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report

Latest HNHS publication

Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex

Order Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex direct from HNHS, price £28 (including p&p).


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​2017 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.