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..
The Hawfinches in Bramfield chuchyard have once again been showing well for the last couple of weeks with some excellent views and good pictures sent in.
A Franklin's Gull - a new species for Hertfordshire - was seen at Amwell NR on 31 January. Read Mike Ilett's account of the discovery of the Franklin's Gull at Amwell NR.