Amwell NR Access Restrictions

From 16th October to 21st December 2017 and 9th January to 18th January 2018 Cadent Gas Ltd will be undertaking essential gas main safety work at Amwell Nature Reserve. As a result please note the following:

  • there will be no access to Amwell Nature Reserve during weekdays.
  • at weekends there will be limited access to the reserve from Amwell Lane entrance. The White and James hides and the viewpoints will be accessible but the Gladwin Hide and the path leading to it from the main viewpoint will be closed.
  • Hollycross Lake will be open this winter, accessible at weekends.
  • the reserve will be fully open from 22nd December to 8th January as the contractors take their Christmas break.

Please visit Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust for further information.

Tyttenhanger White-winged Black Tern

It has been very good at Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits so far this year, with 137 species recorded up to 23 September, more than the full year totals for the years 2013-2016 with over three months of year still remaining. Highlights so far this year include Great White Egret, Caspian Gull, Little Gull, Hooded Crow, Bar-tailed Godwit, Iceland Gull, Garganey, Black Redstart, Temminck?s Stint, Avocet, Black Tern, Grey Plover, Tree Pipit and Redstart. 

The 137th species was rather special as Steve Blake, who birds the site most days and who found the bird explains?

Bee-eaters visit Hertfordshire!

On 25 June this year seven Bee-eaters were found at a quarry in East Leake, Nottinghamshire. Although rare visitors to the UK, Bee-eater sightings are on the increase, pushed north by climate change and since 2002 there had been five breeding attempts in England most recently at a quarry in Cumbria in 2015.

Rare Bird Decisions 2016 - Update

The Rarer Birds in Herts page has been updated for 2016 rare species records. Click here to view.

The page gives the status of records submitted to the Herts Rare Birds Panel that are being or have been assessed for all years since 2008.

The species on the Hertfordshire list needing descriptions are shown here.

1st confirmed Herts Peregrine breeding success - not one but TWO!

In recent years Peregrines have become an increasingly welcome sight in Hertfordshire with a 60% increase in sightings over the last five years. Pairs have been seen in spring, courtship behaviour witnessed and juveniles present in the latter part of the year, but, despite the best efforts of Herts birders, breeding remained a possibility only......until now! New information received - read on for details