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

2018 Herts Bird Club/BTO Conference Report

Around 105 people attended the Herts Bird Club Conference on Saturday 10th March 2018 at Affinity Water in Hatfield. The first presentation of the afternoon was given by Tony Blake on the Birds of Hilfield Park Reservoir. Tony gave us a great insight into his 20 years of birding the 76 hectare site which is owned by Affinity Water and managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

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 

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