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.

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Herts Bird Photo of the Year 2023 - WINNER

Congratulations to Andy Day whose photo of a Chiffchaff amidst spring blossom was voted Herts Bird Photo of the Year 2023 at the Herts Bird Conference on 2 March 2024.

Andy's beautiful capture at King's Meads received the most votes of the ten photos on display at the conference.

View all ten finalists here > 2023 Bird Photo Finalists

Local Patch Breeding Records

The breeding season is upon us and in fact already well under way for some species, and this year we would like to encourage submission of Local Patch breeding records.  All breeding records are very welcome by the Herts Bird Club: breeding is often under recorded, and often more so for common species. For example, The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2022 notes proven breeding of House Sparrows at just 17 sites; Great Spotted Woodpecker at 9; Chaffinch at 4-5 sites; and Jay at none!

2023 records

Please submit any outstanding records for 2023 as soon as possible here so that preparation of the Bird Report can begin. We will be closing the website for submissions at the end of February.

2024 Herts Bird Conference

This year's Bird Conference will be held on Saturday 2 March at Affinty Water offices in Hatfield

Keynote talks include Stanborough Gravel Pits and the Importance of the Colne Valley wetlands for waterbirds, and there will be an open panel discussion on the future of Herts Bird Club.

Everyone is welcome!

Read more at Bird Conference 2024

 

Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2022

The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2022 was published and circulated to HNHS / Herts Bird Club members in November 2023. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society, Vol 55 (2) pp. 65-144.

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Latest HNHS publication

 

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.