Update 24 May 2020:
Thank you to everyone who has submitted records so far for the The Great Herts Breeding Bird Challenge which have included a number of unconventional locations!
Blue Tits and Great Tits seem particularly opportunistic. Blue Tits have been observed nesting in: a lamppost, playground equipment, behind a drainpipe, an old gate post, and holes in buildings including: a doctor's surgery, a bike shed, a cafe (same nest 3rd year running) and an
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:
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.
Congratulations to Chris Gibson who won the first 24-hour Herts Garden Bird Race on Saturday 25th April 2020. Chris recorded a very impressive 50 species from his Stanstead Abbotts garden on the day and wins this exclusive mug!
Read Chris' account of his day at the end of this article.
Joint runners-up were Chris Ruis, St Albans and Paul Ward, Rickmansworth who both finished on 47 species. Go to GoogleDoc to see all counts.
On the day 31 people took part, submitting 1,005 records and recording 79 species, an average of 32 species per garden. It was a chilly start, especially for those that
Throughout the month of April the Herts Bird Club will be running The Great Herts Garden Bird Count. The aim to see how many species we can record in or from our Hertfordshire gardens from 1 April - 30 April.
The rules are simple: any species seen or heard in or from your house/garden. Flyovers or birds seen/heard in neighbouring gardens or streets all count as long as you are in your garden or house at the time.
No need to register, simply submit your garden records to the Herts Bird Website and enter the word 'garden' in the Comment field.
As well as a county wide count there will be individual awards for:
- The garden which records the highest number of species 1 April - 30 April (first to reach the total wins in the case of a draw)
- The garden which records the 2nd highest number of species 1 April - 30 April
- The best bird recorded (based on fewest number of historical records). First to record the species wins
Running totals will be provided throughout the month on the website and from @hertsbirds on twitter and you can share your garden sightings and photos on twitter using the hashtag #hertsgardenbirds
Get the family involved. And whilst counting and watching garden birds why not make a note of other species groups visiting your garden such as butterflies, bees, beetles, amphibians & mammals and submit records to HNHS or via a wildlife recording App such as irecord.
Please read BTO statement on COVID-19, in particular the paragraph below:
"BTO?s senior leadership team has reviewed the government advice and is asking our networks of volunteers to follow the advice and remain at home. Do not travel to survey squares or fieldwork sites, or participate in BTO surveys and monitoring if by doing so you would be in breach of the government advice. Please do not leave your home to carry out a survey operated by BTO."