Final call for outstanding 2017 records and descriptions

Please submit any outstanding 2017 records and descriptions as soon as possible.

It will not be possible to submit 2017 records via the website beyond 28th February 2018. 

Thank you

2018 Herts Bird Club/BTO Conference

We are pleased to announce the date and venue for this year's Herts Bird Club & BTO Conference:

Saturday 10th March 2018, 2pm - 5:30pm

Affinity Water Office, Tamblin Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EZ​

As usual there is a packed programme of presentations and talks as well as the usual stalls, raffle, bird ID and Herts bird photo competitions. Admission is £5 on the door 

Warm thanks go to Affinity Water for once again hosting this popular event. Click Directions to download a map.

 

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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