The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2015 was published in November 2016, with 84 pages packed with photographs and information about all our birds both common and rarities. Thanks to everyone who contributed for – again – bringing the report out well within a year of the date of the last record. The report is published in memory of its editor Ted Fletcher (1939-2016) who sadly died two months before it was published. It includes a tribute to Ted written by Jack Fearnside who designed the report and saw it through to publication.

Copies have been distributed to all current members of Herts Bird Club. Non-members interested in obtaining a copy should contact the HNHS Secretary.

Contents

Tribute to Ted Fletcher (Jack Fearnside)

Guidelines for observers – a checklist of the birds of Hertfordshire

Review of the year (Ted Fletcher)

Systematic list:

  • Mute Swan to Pochard (Clifford Smout)
  • Ring-necked Duck to herons (David Booth)
  • Grebes (Ted Fletcher)
  • Red Kite to Osprey (Roy Hargreaves)
  • Water Rail to Turnstone (Martin Searle)
  • Knot to Snipe (Steve Austin)
  • Terns and gulls (Chris Beach)
  • Pigeons to Kingfisher (Anthony Dorman)
  • Wryneck and woodpeckers (Ken Smith)
  • Kestrel to Firecrest (Tom Speller)
  • Blue Tit to House Martin (Steve Hughes)
  • Cetti’s Warbler to Starling (Daphne Dean)
  • Ring Ouzel to Wheatear (Paul Lewis)
  • Dunnock to Tree Sparrow (Peter Delaloye)
  • Wagtails (Rupert Evershed)
  • Pipits to Buntings (Murray Orchard)

WeBS counts for Hertfordshire in 2015 (Ted Fletcher)

Records relating to birds considered to be of captive origin (Ted Fletcher)

Herts Rare Birds Panel Report (Mike Ilett on behalf of the Herts Rare Bird Panel)

List of Observers

Bird ringing in Hertfordshire in 2015 (Lynne Lambert)

The Breeding Bird Survey in Hertfordshire in 2015 (Martin Ketcher)

The 2015 Hertfordshire Rookery Survey (Murray Orchard)

House Martins in Hertfordshire in 2015 – comparison with the 1995 survey (Ken Smith)

Herts Bird Club committee and HNHS contacts