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.
A recent episode of the BBC's Countryfile featured Hertfordshire's River Mimram as part of a segment on chalk streams. During the piece a colour ringed Little Egret - '9/9' - made an appearance.
This bird was ringed at HMWT's Lemsford Springs as an adult on 3 November 2015 and has been re-sighted on 513 days since then making him the 'most observed' Herts ringed Little Egret!
Most of the re-sightings have been around Lemsford Springs but also quite a few have been received from the Hertford area between April and June suggesting he may be breeding at the Amwell NR colony.
Quite a local celebrity!
Here are a few other Hertfordshire Little Egret facts & figures:
Autumn is fast approaching (faster than ever it seems this year!) and with that the chance for a renewed interest in the birds passing through our gardens. Die-hard garden listers will know that autumn perhaps brings the best chance of something unusual appearing in or over our gardens.
Visible migration or ‘vismig’ for short describes the observed movement of birds from summer breeding grounds to wintering grounds all across Britain and that includes our gardens too. Some of this movement may just be regional while other birds travel across continents. Regularly watching your garden and the skies above it through the autumn (maybe an hour first thing or in the evening) will reveal this movement happening before our very eyes.
If you are keen to join the regular ‘garden watchers’ then add yourself to the Googlesheet and record your daily sightings throughout the autumn. You can watch as little or as much as you like but you’ll be surprised at what passes through your garden at this time of year.
Swift Awareness Week runs from 2nd to 10th July this year, and this article highlights the ongoing work of two Swift groups to help conserve Swifts in the county, as well as details of a talk taking place in Hertford
Hertford Swift Group have been particularly active, erecting over two hundred swift nest boxes on houses and other buildings in the town. They have also been giving talks and organising swift walks to raise awareness of swifts locally.
Update 23rd June : breeding at 43 sites.
We now have good numbers of cygnet records in addition to the nests found earlier this year. Please check the map for further details – thank you for all of the records, and please keep looking, there are sites still to be checked. (In addition to the 43, the map includes 5 out of county sites which are very close to the Hertfordshire boundary).
The Herts Bird Club is organising a Mute Swan breeding survey this year, in the hope that we can build a complete picture of the breeding status of this iconic species in the county
The last Hertfordshire survey was 20 years ago in 2002 and recorded 62 nests, of which 41 produced broods of cygnets.
Latest Hertfordshire Bird Report
The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2020 was published and circulated to HNHS/Bird Club members in November 2021 (Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society, Vol. 5 (2), pp. 85-172.)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Taken a good photograph?
Please send us your Herts bird photos for display on the website, email them to the Bird Club photos team at Herts Bird Photos. with a note of where and when they were taken. A selection will be displayed on this page, added to the photo gallery and/or chosen to illustrate the annual Hertfordshire Bird Report.
For more photographs, visit the gallery.