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. If you use Birdtrack or eBird please also add any outstanding records by the end of February so that we can upload them into our database

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


Oystercatchers getting ready to kick off spring migration

Typically when we think of spring migrants, it’s April and May that come to mind and the arrival of Swifts, Swallows and Cuckoos as the days get warmer. But some birds start to arrive in Herts much earlier in the year and one of the first back is the Oystercatcher. Over the past few years, the pattern has been quite consistent with the first Oystercatcher arriving back between 1st and 11th February, usually at Tyttenhanger, Stocker’s Lake or Tring Reservoirs. So keep an eye out over the next few days for the first arrivals. They often migrate at night so it’s also worth keeping an ear out after dark for a loud peep overhead.