April 2020 will be long remembered as the month of the garden count!
Following the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent 'Stay Home' instruction from the Government in late March, the planned county wide bird race on 25th April had to be canceled as did the spring migration routines of most birders in what is of course the most anticipated and often
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