Herts Bird Club – making the most of local birdwatching

Welcome to the Herts Bird Club website. We promote the study and recording of birds in Hertfordshire and encourage a wider interest in natural history including the conservation of wildlife habitats.

Covid-19: Stay safe and observe Government rules 

Please read HNHS Statement on Covid-19

Latest news

Publication of records during Covid-19

In support of the HNHS Statement on Covid-19 the Herts Bird Club have decided not to publish sightings that may tempt people to travel outside their home area.  In particular, records of species that would normally be highlighted in red as rare or unusual.

While the Herts Bird Club encourages everyone to follow Government guidelines it is not the responsibility of or practically possible for the Herts Bird Club to police people’s movements.  The Herts Bird Club therefore encourages everyone to take responsibility themselves for adhering to Government guidance and the law.

Regardless of whether they are published or not, sightings will continue to be added to the database and are greatly valued so please continue submitting your records as usual.

New Year's Resolution? Give us a Grid Reference!

One way of making your birding count in 2021 is to add a grid reference to the records that you submit to the Herts Bird Club.

In 2020 just over 40% of submissions to the website had a grid reference, and these records allowed the creation of the attached map which shows all of the identified 1km squares, giving us a good idea where our records came from. Accurate locations, ideally provided by six-figure grid references, also allow others to see birds that you have found.

Grid references are added to records on the record submission page, either by clicking the “Get Grid Ref” button and using the map, or by manually entering into the Grid Reference box. We appreciate that working out a grid reference is not easy, and so recommend downloading one of the many free apps for smartphones that can provide an instant grid reference for your location whilst out in the field.

We hope that with more grid references, we will be able to produce more accurate distribution maps of our records including at species level, especially for those species whose status is changing rapidly in Hertfordshire.

Best wishes for 2021 and please comply with government guidelines on COVID whilst out birding.

Herts Christmas Bird Count 2020

Subject to late records and rarity decisions the final species count for the Herts Christmas Bird Count 2020 is 111, a very good total; just two fewer than 2019 and one more than 2018. 

This included four species: Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl and Mealy Redpoll, not seen over the Christmas period in past two years bringing the total number of species recorded across the three years since we have run this count to 121.

From the 25th to 31st December we received nealy 700 records to the website - an excellent tally - many thanks to all those that contributed.

Wishing everyone a great birding year in 2021.

Herts Winter Garden Count

Following on from the Herts Autumn Garden Vismig Watch the Herts Bird Club are continuing the garden count theme for those that wish to keep and share a record of their winter garden birds.

The count runs from 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021 and as before all birds seen or heard whilst you are within the boundary of your property can be counted.

Please use the new Winter Count Googlesheet to enter your counts. 

If you need any help please email

Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report

Hertfordshire Bird Report 2019

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2019 was published and circulated to HNHS/Bird Club members in November 2020 (Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society, Vol. 52 (2), pp. 89-176.)

The report reviews each of the 198 species recorded in Hertfordshire in 2019 (up five from 2018) including Little Bittern, White-tailed Eagle, Melodious Warbler and Richard's Pipit. There is also news of a belatedly accepted 'first' for the county: a Falcated Duck seen at Wilstone Reservoir in 1999. 

Read more

Latest HNHS publication

2021 subscriptions due now

Please renew your membership of HNHS and Herts Bird Club, details here.

Birds of Hertfordshire

 

Our new avifauna - Birds of Hertfordshire by Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett was published on 24 February 2015.
Read the review in British Birds, here. Buy now direct from Herts Bird Club for only £34 (or £39 by post).

Herts Invertebrate Project

Read here about how to join this new recording initiative.

Herts Atlas of Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles

Please submit sightings and field signs of mammals, amphibians and reptiles to our countywide survey, full details at the Herts MARA website.

Hertfordshire Bird Atlas

All the results from the most recent Atlas (2007-12) and both previous atlas surveys available here.

Bird records

Please send us your Herts bird sightings through the records submission page. Use the Breeding status dropdown where applicable and Comment field to add notes of interest.

Latest sightings of interest are published on the right hand side of this page, once they have been checked by a moderator. Search for older published records by month/site/species in Sightings Archive

 

See details of some great places to visit in Hertfordshire at this time of year.

Take part in our  projects and surveys.

Buy a book, most HNHS books are now for sale at half price or less.

The success of the site depends on you, the users, entering your records and sending in interesting information, not only sightings which can be entered online but also reports on trips and additional site guides. We also welcome feedback on what you would like to see on the site: email birdweb@hnhs.org

Injured or orphan birds ? advice here.

The Herts Bird Club is part of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and our websites are integrated. We hope this will encourage those of you who have not investigated other aspects of wildlife in Hertfordshire to have a look around the HNHS website, discover what is available. Please submit your records of other wildlife, including mammals, amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies through the HNHS website.

Who's who in the Herts Bird Club.