BTO Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) training event at Rye Meads

Saturday March 16th 2019,

10.00am - 1.00pm 

RSPB Rye Meads at the visitors centre, Rye Rd, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire SG12 8JS

There is no charge for this event.

The session is intended for new volunteers wishing to take on a BBS square for the first time or for existing participants who may wish to improve their understanding of aspects of the survey.

Wader Tales - Green Sandpipers at Lemsford Springs

In his latest WaderTales blog, Graham Appleton has worked with Ken Smith, Mike Reed & Barry Trevis to tell the tales of territorial Green Sandpipers at Lemsford. 

Go to Winter Territories of Green Sandpipers to read the article.

This is the 67th blog in the WaderTales series, each of which translates recent research information about waders into an article that will appeal to birders. Graham is the former Communications Director for BTO.

Follow Graham on twitter @GrahamFAppleton

Photo: Green Sandpipers at Lemsford Springs 5 August 2018 © Alan Reynolds

A new BTO survey - English Woodland Birds - Get Involved!

A BTO new survey for 2019 plans to provide data on how birds have colonised woods planted in farmland. 

Since 1988, over 22,000 farm woods have been planted in England.  The woods are mostly small, between 1 and 5 hectares in size, which will make survey coverage quite quick and straightforward.  These farm woods were planted in a wide variety of settings, ranging from complete isolation through to alongside existing established woodland. This provides a very interesting natural experiment to assess how well birds have colonised these new woodlands on farmland.

Go to the Survey and Projects page for further information including how to register.


2019 Herts Bird Club/BTO Conference

Please find details below for this year's Herts Bird Club & BTO Conference:

Saturday 2nd March 2019, 2pm - 5:30pm

Affinity Water Office, Tamblin Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EZ

As usual there is a packed programme of presentations and talks as well as the usual stalls, raffle, bird ID and Herts bird photo competitions. Admission is £5 on the door 

Warm thanks go to Affinity Water for once again hosting this popular event. Click Directions to download a map.

Outstanding 2018 Records and Descriptions

If you have any outstanding records and/or descriptions for 2018 it would be greatly appreciated if you could submit them as soon as possible.

Thank you