This calendar has been compiled by the Hertfordshire Natural History Society (HNHS) on behalf of natural history organisations in Hertfordshire. The type of event is colour coded: Outdoor events, Indoor meetings.

Wed 22 Apr 2020 (9.45am)

Ayot St Lawrence walk

A half day birdwatching walk led by Ann and Roger Doubleday.. Meet at the starting point in Ayot St. Lawrence, contact the leaders for details.

Time: 9.45 am

Price: Free but a £1 donation for the RSPB would be appreciated.

E-mail: annrogerbw@gmail.com

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Sat 25 Apr 2020

Herts Bird Challenge 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 24 hour Herts Bird Challenge!

When: Saturday 25th April 2020

Where: Hertfordshire!

To register, please complete the HBC2020 - Registration Form (excel) or HBC2020 - Registation Form (pdf)and email it to birdweb@hnhs.org by Saturday 18th April 2020 at the latest.

There are two events on the day:

24 Hour County Bird Race

A competition for teams of 3 to 4 people: which team can record the most species in Hertfordshire in 24 hours. For more information (including a few basic rules!) please download HBC2020 24hr County Bird Race – Information

Site Challenge

An individual or team event: how many species can you record at one site in up to 24 hours.  The site is up to you: it could be your local patch or perhaps somewhere you have not visited before.

Why not make it a family event? (it doesn’t have to be the full 24 hours!). See how many of the species on the HBC2020 -  Record Sheet you can tick off. The end of April is one of the best periods for spring migration so you may be lucky enough to see a Herts rarity species.  There is no shortage of excellent places to go and enjoy birds in Hertfordshire:

In the east of the county the Lea Valley has plenty to offer including Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust's (HMWTAmwell NR , RSPB Rye Meads (opens 9am - 5pm),  or the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority's (LVRPACheshunt Gravel Pits

More centrally there is the Woodland Trust’s Heartwood Forest, or the varied habitats of Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits, or Verulamium Park at St Albans

In the west of the county you could try Watford’s Cassiobury Park, or the expansive HMWT's Tring Reservoirs or HMWT's Stocker’s Lake nr Rickmansworth

Or perhaps visit one of Hertfordshire's many rich woodlands such as HMWT's Balls Wood near Hertford and enjoy the wonderful sound of spring bird song.

Or take a stroll along the Icknield Way between Therfield and Royston and enjoy the beautiful open countryside of north Hertfordshire.

There are of course many other places to visit. The site is up to you!

Fundraising

Fundraising is encouraged but not obligatory. Any monies raised will be donated to the Herts Bird Club via the Herts Natural History Society (HNHS), registered charity 218418. The funds will be used for bird conservation causes within Hertfordshire: the specific cause will be announced in due course. 

A prize will be given for the team that raises the most money!

There are two options:

a. One-off donation:  You can make a one off donation upon registering via the HNHS Virginmoneygiving page. The suggested amount is £10 per team but donations are entirely voluntary and can be for more or less than this amount.

b.Team sponsorship: Teams may collect sponsorship for the event either via one-off donations from supporters or for donations per species recorded.  Teams are responsible for organizing and collecting their sponsorship money which must be submitted via the HNHS Virginmoneygiving page.  A suggested HBC2020 - Sponsorship Form (excel) or HBC2020 - Sponsorship Form (pdf) is provided

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Organised by: Herts Bird Club

Sun 03 May 2020 (8am - 10.15am)

Harpenden Lea Valley walk

Guided walk along the River Lea identifying local birds led by John Taylor. Meet on the bridge over the River Lea near the 'Marquis of Granby' at the junction of Crabtree Lane and Marquis Lane

Time: 8 am to 10.15 am

Price: Free but a £1 donation for the RSPB would be appreciated.

 

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Sun 10 May 2020 (5.00am)

Dawn chorus – Broxbourne Woods

Local Walk: Dawn Chorus. Broxbourne Woods. Meet at 5.00am in the Hoddesdon Civic Hall car park. Postcode: EN11 8BE.

Contact: stan.kitchiner@hotmail.com

Organised by: RSPB South East Herts Group

Thu 14 May 2020 (9.30am – 4.pm)

College Lakes & Tring Reservoirs

Car Outing: College Lakes and Tring Reservoirs. A full day’s walk around these two wetland sites. Meet at College Lakes Visitor Centre at 9.30 . Postcode HP23 5QG (T) Car park charge applies.        

Organised by: RSPB South East Herts Group

Tue 26 May 2020 (8pm)

Living Rivers of Hertfordshire

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Sarah Perry presents 'Living Rivers of Hertfordshire'. Plus bring and buy plant sale.

The United Reformed Church Hall, Mill Lane, Broxbourne, EN10 7BG .  (Wheelchair accessible)  Doors open 19.30 for a 20.00 start.  Admission charge £3.00 RSPB members, £3.50 non-members.  Refreshments available. Parking in the car park at rear of hall and in Mill Lane.

 

Organised by: RSPB South East Herts Group

Wed 27 May 2020 (9.45am)

Redbournbury and the River Ver

A half day birdwatching walk led by Ann and Roger Doubleday. Meet at the start point at Redbournbury; contact the leaders for details. Limited parking - car share if possible.

Time: 9.45 am

Price: Free but a £1 donation for the RSPB would be appreciated.

E-mail: annrogerbw@gmail.com

 

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Sun 07 Jun 2020 (8am - 10.15am)

Harpenden Lea Valley walk

Guided walk along the River Lea identifying local birds, led by John Taylor.

Meet on the bridge over the River Lea near the 'Marquis of Granby' at the junction of Crabtree Lane and Marquis Lane.

Time: 8 am to 10.15 am

Price: Free but a £1 donation for the RSPB would be appreciated.

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group

Mon 08 Jun 2020 (9.30am)

Birding around Wheathampstead

Local Walk: Discover the delightful countryside around Wheathampstead. Meet in the East Lane car park at 9.30. Nearest Postcode: AL4 8BS (T).

Contact: stan.kitchiner@hotmail.com

 

Organised by: RSPB South East Herts Group

Wed 24 Jun 2020 (9.45am)

Harpenden Common

A half day birdwatching walk led by Ann and Roger Doubleday. Harpenden Common. Contact leaders for details

Time: 9.45am

Price: Free but a £1 donation for the RSPB would be appreciated.

E-mail: annrogerbw@gmail.com

 

Organised by: RSPB Harpenden Local Group