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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What to look for in…JULY

This month sees the return movement of many birds begin in earnest and notably with the waders.  Wetland sites should expect to see an increase in Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover & Green Sandpiper numbers while a variety of other wader species are possible.  Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, and Black-tailed Godwit are likely drop-ins with a chance of something rarer.

Our duck populations’ annual moult is already underway,

Hertfordshire Swift Nests 2024

Swifts have returned and the Herts Bird Club and Hertfordshire Swift groups are asking for all nest records to be submitted in order to better understand the population of this species in the county. 

In 2023 just under 400 nests were found, including 23 in Swift boxes. This year we hope to improve on this figure and find as many nests as possible.

The Local Patch Big Weekend 2024 held on Sat 27th & Sun 28th April

This year’s Local Patch Big Weekend was challenging in more ways than one.  Eleven teams faced the task of finding as many different birds on their local patches over the 48-hour period as possible.  Many of them started bright and early on the Saturday morning only to find that while it was early, it was far from bright!  Instead, heavy rain greeted them and did on and off throughout the weekend.

Conditions at some points were miserable and particular credit must go to those 3 teams who carried out the challenge on foot!  The Harpo No-hoper, The Ver Dippers and the Park Street Part-timer all earned their bonus 20 points for their low carbon, if not muddy, footprint.

Herts Peregrine nests - Watch the action at TWO sites

Peregrine Falcons are an established breeding species in Hertfordshire with several pairs around the county now raising young each year.

This year not one but two of regular sites have live webcams allowing close views of the nests as they progress.

St Albans

For the second year running a webcam is positioned at the nest at St Albans Cathedral. Watch the action live HERE.

Three eggs were laid between 30th March and early April. Go to HMWT St Albans Peregrines to find out more.

Watford

Launched 10 April 2024 there is now a webcam following the pair at One YMCA in Watford.

Breeding was first confirmed at the site in 2017 and this year the pair are sitting on four eggs. 

Go to OneYMCA Peregrines to access the webcam and find out more.

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.