This national survey is ongoing.

The BTO are keen to encourage birdwatchers to go out and listen for Long-eared Owls, one of our most poorly known breeding species. The Rare Breeding Bird Panel report for 2018 was able to record details for just 227-295 confirmed breeding pairs for the UK, with none in Herts, but this is almost certainly a significant underestimate. Now is a good time to go out and listen for the species in areas of suitable habitat. Please see for information on the species. If you do have the good fortune to locate a Long-eared Owl, please contact the Herts Bird Recorder in the first instance and refrain from putting out news more widely, as this species is easily disturbed.