Please be aware the farmer is not happy about birders trespassing off the public right of way to view the pit. Discussions are underway to agree temporary access but these may be jeopardised by disrespectful behaviour from birders, unfortunately witnessed yesterday. Please in the meantime only view from the track which is a public right of way and do not cross fences.
When the North East Herts Swift Group needed a nesting box installed high up on a village hall before swifts returned from Africa, a power company flew in to help.
A team from UK Power Networks brought in a cherry picker and installed the specially-made box on the village hall in Albury near Bishops Stortford, just in time to offer an attractive nesting home for the migrating swifts.
The weekend of 17th-18th April saw 17 gardens take part in the first Herts 48-hr Garden Bird Race. As well as points being awarded for species according to their rarity, additional bonus points were available for extra special sightings such as “4 or more species of raptor” or for the “Wagtail Triple” – all three species of wagtail recorded. In all 89 different species were recorded over the weekend with over 1,100 points being accumulated. Go to 48hr Garden Bird Race to view full counts and species list.
It’s not too late to sign up!
This survey, last performed in 2002, aims to assess existing and new wet grassland and other breeding wader habitats. There are 24 Herts sites that have yet to be allocated to surveyors.
Go to Breeding Waders of Wet Meadows 2021 to view list of available sites, full details of the survey and how to sign up.
Rookeries have been surveyed in Hertfordshire for many years, and in 2021 the Bird Club has received records of over 4000 nests from more than 200 rookeries. This year a new interactive map has been produced to show the sites and nest counts, as well as known sites that have not yet been checked, and sites previously used but found to be abandoned this year.
It is not too late to contribute by checking the outstanding rookeries or submitting details of other unrecorded sites via the records submission page. Please include a nest count and grid reference where possible
The map can be found here
Any feedback or errors with the map can be sent to Graham Knight: email@example.com