On Saturday 11th March 2017 the annual Herts Bird Club/BTO conference was hosted by Affinity Water in Hatfield. Despite the lure of the mild spring weather and the first trickle of spring migrants starting to arrive it was well attended by over 100 people. The chair of the Herts Bird Club, Peter Delaloye addressed the conference and thanked everyone for their support over the past year.
We are very sad to report that Tom Kittle, a highly respected and well liked Hertfordshire birder and naturalist, died on 23 August 2016.
Tom, originally from south London, lived in Codicote. He was a mathematician and worked at British Aerospace at Stevenage until his retirement.
A first summer Purple Heron delighted observers by spending most of the day on the Rye Meads Reserve.
It was first spotted flying over at 8.00am almost simultaneously but separately by Alan Harris and Sarah Harris who were both carrying out survey work in different places on the reserve.
Our new BTO regional rep will show you how to survey birds for the Herts BTO Breeding Bird Survey this spring.
The training session will be on Saturday 26 March at 10.00 in Kings Walden (north Herts) area. Contact our BTO rep Martin Ketcher by email for details..