A BTO new survey for 2019 plans to provide data on how birds have colonised woods planted in farmland.
Since 1988, over 22,000 farm woods have been planted in England. The woods are mostly small, between 1 and 5 hectares in size, which will make survey coverage quite quick and straightforward. These farm woods were planted in a wide variety of settings, ranging from complete isolation through to alongside existing established woodland. This provides a very interesting natural experiment to assess how well birds have colonised these new woodlands on farmland.
Go to the Survey and Projects page for further information including how to register.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Herts Christmas Bird Count. Subject to any late records the final total is 107 species; about average for the same period over the past few years. The full list of species recorded is shown in the table below. We received over three times the number of records to the website than for the same period last year which is much appreciated, thank you.
Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy new year and looking forward to some great birding in 2019.
Read the Herts Bird Club and HNHS objections to the proposal here.
Hertsmere Borough Council have released a public consultation document covering a number of potential sites for housing and employment. One of the sites 'H2' is a proposed 'garden village' at Tyttenhanger covering a large area either side of Coursers Road and incorporating Tyttenhanger Farm and New Plantation Wood.
The full plan can be accessed at Local Plan Hertsmere by downloading the pdf document 'final version of our sites document'. Page 10 shows a map highlighting the various sites proposed for development including 'H2' at Tyttenhanger which is explained in more detail on pages 146-149. This development would undoubtedly impact negatively on the wildlife at Tyttenhanger, including, of course, the local Tree Sparrow population which is the last remaining colony in Hertfordshire and one of the last in the whole of the south east of England.
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: