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

Amwell NR re-opens following the discovery of bird flu

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has taken the decision to re-open Amwell nature reserve following the discovery of bird flu last week. After taking advice from Defra and Public Health England, the Trust believes that the risk to visitors is extremely low.

Please note that the Hollycross dragonfly trail remains closed.

For more information visit Amwell NR re-opens

If you see any dead birds such as ducks, geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey at Amwell or any other site, please contact Defra on 03459 33 55 77 and the Trust on 01727 858 901 or .  Do not touch dead or injured birds or bird faeces.

Farewell Jon Ridge - London & Hertfordshire birder

It is with regret that we report that London and Hertfordshire birder Jon Ridge sadly passed away on 4 January 2018.

A well liked and knowledgeable local birder, Jon was best known for birding Pinner Park Farm where his finds included Ortolan Bunting (2 September 2002), Wryneck and Great Grey Shrike. He visited a number of Hertfordshire sites too including Stocker's Lake and Hilfield Park Reservoir.

His funeral will be held at 11am on Thursday 25 January at Breakspear Crematorium East Chapel, Ruislip, HA4 7SJ. All birders who knew him are welcome. The venue for the wake to be announced at the ceremony.

Hawfinch Irruption

It has been a fantastic winter to enjoy the beautiful Hawfinch in the UK with significantly higher numbers arriving here last autumn than in recent years. By the end of October Birdtrack’s reporting rates for Britain as a whole were more than 12 times the historical average, and here in Herts birds have been reported from across most of the county with sizeable flocks at several locations. Compare that to recent winters in Herts where reports were mostly limited to small groups from a handful of regular haunts.

Not for many years has it been such a good time to get out and look for this striking and normally elusive finch.

Writer and Herts birder Rupert Evershed shares his experiences of finding Hawfinch in Hertfordshire this winter in his monthly ‘Noting Nature’ column.

Hawfinch photo by Alan Reynolds.

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

Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex

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


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​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.