The moment you have all been waiting for.....the winners of the Great Herts Garden Bird Count.

Firstly a huge thank you to everyone that took part. We received records from over 110 gardens across the county; a fantastic response. In total, 123 species were recorded, a number beyond most peoples' expectations. A full write up will follow in due course.


So onto the winners and prizes:

1st place...

Overall winner is John Pritchard who recorded an incredible 77 species from his Shafford Farm garden. Congratulations to John who wins a wifi bird box camera and handmade wooden bird box from greenfeathers the wildlife camera specialists. 







2nd place goes to Rupert Evershed who recorded a very impressive 72 species from his St Albans garden. As chairman of the Herts Bird Club Committee Rupert has kindly offered to forgo his prize which instead goes to 3rd place. So congratulation to Chris Ruis, who recorded an also impressive 71 species from his St Albans garden. St Albans is clearly the place to be for garden birding!

Chris wins a Swift nest box, kindly donated by Herts ecologist Jenny Rawson  (see Jenny's Hertford Swift Group page) and ?60 of gift vouches from in focus the Binocular and Telescope specialists, who have a shop a Willows Farm, Colney Heath.


Best Bird

The award for Best Bird goes to Ben Miller. On 8th April Ben was treated to prolonged views of a fabulous Goshawk circling over his Berkhamsted garden. There have been fewer than 20 accepted records of Goshawk in Hertfordshire, so a fantastic garden sighting to say the least!  Ben wins a painting of a Goshawk from Herts birder and wildlife artist Matt Moreton plus ?40 of gifts vouchers from in focus


Many thanks to @JennyA_Rawson, @moreton_birding, in focus and greenfeathers for their kind contributions





To see full counts by observer and all the species recorded go to Garden Count Full Counts. For the the final table go to Garden Count Final Table.


Tell us about your Garden Count

We would love to hear about your garden count.  Send us a short write up (around 200 words) with photos if you have them. Include:

  • a few basic details about your garden and its location
  • your garden count routine - early morning, all day, nocmig
  • highlights - best birds, new garden ticks, surprising discoveries, breeding records.

The texts will then be compiled and shared on the website.

Please send to by 31st May