Publishing bird records and results of surveys and monitoring is a vital role of the Herts Bird Club. Records submitted through the website appear in 'Recent Sightings' on the home page and in the 'Sightings archive'. The Hertfordshire Bird Report is published every year and distributed free to Herts Bird Club members.

?The first Report on Hertfordshire Birds was published 138 years ago in 1878 by the Hertfordshire Natural History Society. A bird report has been published in most years ever since as part of the Transactions of the HNHS. ?The Hertfordshire Bird Report was first published as a separate part of the Transactions in 1980 and every year since. Contents of recent editions can be viewed here.

The annual Bird Report is distributed free to all current members of The Herts Bird Club and Hertfordshire Natural History Society.

The latest edition is available as part of the Herts Bird Club membership package. Membership costs ?12 per year - join now.

Bird Club Publications

Beetles of Hertfordshire

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By Trevor James

This ground breaking account of all 2,483 species of beetle so far recorded in Hertfordshire was published by the HNHS in July 2018.

Written by former County Recorder, the late Trevor James, it is beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and provides detailed information on the occurrence of every species, as well as their habitat needs and conservation status.


It is the first book to cover all the beetles reliably recorded in a UK county in such a comprehensive way, making it a landmark for future studies.

"This is the first book to cover all the beetles reliably recorded in a UK county in such a comprehensive way – it is a remarkable achievement and a landmark for future studies." Paul T. Harding, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, 31, 2018.

"...a heroic achievement...this is an impressive book. It sets a new standard for county beetle faunas and will be a hard act to follow. I can unreservedly recommend it for anyone with an interest in British beetles." A.G. Duff, The Coleopterist.

Published in hardback in the same, attractive A4 format as our five existing wildlife atlases, the book's 496 pages include 750 distribution maps for the more widely-recorded beetle species. More than 600 colour photographs illustrate a group of insects whose intricacy and beauty are too easily overlooked.

The introductory offer for Beetles of Hertfordshire has now expired, but our website price of £45 (plus £10 p&p) is still £16 lower than the recommended retail price. Buyers who wish to save on the charge for mailing such a large book may arrange to collect their copy from the HNHS Secretary in St Albans (by prior appointment). Prices for mailing to overseas addresses are available on request (if ordering from an EU country please note that customs duty may now be charged).

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Birds of Hertfordshire

Birds of Hertfordshire

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By Ken Smith, Chris Dee, Jack Fearnside and Mike Ilett

Birds of Hertfordshire, describes all the species of birds ever recorded in the County, from our common garden birds though to the rarest. It is a full county avifauna and atlas including comprehensive information on where and when to see the birds and how their numbers and distribution have changed over the years.

Published for Herts Bird Club by Hertfordshire Natural History Society in February 2015. Written by local experts with all the photographs taken in Hertfordshire, the book is A4 format, hardback and in full colour throughout.

You can buy this book direct from Hertfordshire Natural History Society with your credit or debit card using the PayPal link below. You can choose to have the book delivered by post for £39 or collect it  by prior appointment).from HNHS at 250 Sandridge Road, St Albans, AL1 4AL for £34.

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