Breeding birds

As we approach the main breeding season we kindly ask that you exercise caution when sharing reports and photos of breeding birds, or birds showing signs of potential breeding, on social media platforms such as Twitter. For example, avoid providing precise location details. Please be mindful that the welfare of the birds must always come first when watching or photographing breeding birds. Do not play songs or calls to lure the birds as this can be detrimental to their breeding success. 

This is especially relevant to those species considered rare breeding birds such as Lesser Spotted Woodpecker or Little Ringed Plover. A full list of rare breeding bird species can be found at this link Rare Breeding Birds Panel.

Please continue to report all sightings with full details to the Herts Bird Club website. These records are gratefully received but please be advised that we may not publish the record on the website if we consider it sensitive.

'Birds of Hertfordshire' acclaimed among Britain's best local atlases

Birds of Hertfordshire, our beautifully illustrated account of population trends among more than 300 species recorded in the county, has been judged one of the best local bird atlases in Britain.

A panel of experts convened by British Birds magazine placed our book on a shortlist of the top six county bird atlases. It was then awarded fourth place in the final judging.

Warm congratulations go the book's authors, Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett on this achievement. 

Visit Birds of Hertforshire acclaimed to read more.

Herts Bird Photo of the Year 2017 - Winner!

Many congratulations to Paul Ward whose exceptional image of a Grasshopper Warbler at Heartwood Forest was voted Herts Bird Photo of the Year 2017 at the Herts/BTO Bird Conference on 10 March 2018.

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.

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.

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