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.
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.
The proposals are open for public consultation until midnight on 20 December 2018. To comment on the proposals you can post them online by creating a log in at Consultation Portal where others can view your comments and you can also view comments by others, or you can email your comments directly to .
Two new national surveys are being launched:
English Winter Bird Survey December 2018 to March 2019
Aims to evaluate how food resources in winter affect birds in lowland farming. The structure and methodology of the survey closely follows that of the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) and is to be conducted in the same squares.
Urban Nesting Gulls 2019
Final year of the Seabird Count 2015 - 2019 and a national census of urban nesting gulls. Are Herring or Lesser Black-backed Gulls nesting in a Herts town near you?
For further information and to find out how you can get involved in these two exciting new surveys go to the Surveys and projects page
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: