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
For November, in his monthly Noting Nature column for the Herts Advertiser, Herts birder Rupert Evershed writes about his local patch Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits - one of the best places in Hertfordshire to watch birds. Read Rupert's article here:
After only moving to Hertfordshire from Surrey last summer, Stuart Cossey started his second autumn in Herts with a stunner. Read his account of his excellent find below.
Update 30 September 2018:
The Tawny Owl Calling Survey is now open. All you need to do is listen for Tawny Owls for 20 minutes each week, from 30 September to 31 March. The more weeks that you can listen the better - but you can do as many or as few weeks as you are able.
Sign up at:
As part of Project Owl the BTO are looking for volunteers to take part in a couple of Tawny Owl surveys, which it’s hoped will run from this autumn to spring 2020.
The first of these is called the Tawny Owl Point Survey which starts this autumn from mid-August until mid-October. It requires volunteers to undertake two 20 minute long evening visits, within the two hours after sunset, to the middle of their allocated tetrad and to record any Tawny Owls heard. The intention is to repeat again next spring, from mid-February to mid-March and, funding permitting, again in autumn 2019/spring 2020.
Interested? Check out available squares, including many still available in Herts, and sign up for one at:
It is hoped to cover all the priority tetrads.
There will also be a Tawny Owl Calling Survey. This is easily done from people’s gardens, or local green space, and entails spending 20 minutes listening for Tawny Owls on one evening per week from 30 September to 31 March.
Registration for this survey will be possible soon.
Since the first Action for Swifts article was published earlier this year, local swift enthusiast Vicky Duxbury has been busy organising events and spreading the word to raise awareness of the decline in swift numbers.
Click Read more below to find out more!
If you are interested helping in whatever way you can please get in touch with Vicky at firstname.lastname@example.org