April 2020 will be long remembered as the month of the garden count!
Following the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent 'Stay Home' instruction from the Government in late March, the planned county wide bird race on 25th April had to be canceled as did the spring migration routines of most birders in what is of course the most anticipated and often
With the peak of breeding season approaching fast, and lockdown continuing, the Herts Bird Club would like to encourage more breeding records from gardens and daily exercise walks.
A number of species are under-recorded in terms of breeding ? the table below shows the number of confirmed breeding locations from the 2018 Bird Report for a variety of common species. Can we do better in 2020?
Records of all breeding (possible, probable or confirmed) species are
Update 24 May 2020:
Thank you to everyone who has submitted records so far for the The Great Herts Breeding Bird Challenge which have included a number of unconventional locations!
Blue Tits and Great Tits seem particularly opportunistic. Blue Tits have been observed nesting in: a lamppost, playground equipment, behind a drainpipe, an old gate post, and holes in buildings including: a doctor's surgery, a bike shed, a cafe (same nest 3rd year running) and an
The moment you have all been waiting for.....the winners of the Great Herts Garden Bird Count.
Firstly a huge thank you to everyone that took part. We received records from over 110 gardens across the county; a fantastic response. In total, 123 species were recorded, a number beyond most peoples' expectations. A full write up will follow in due course.
So onto the winners and prizes:
Overall winner is John Pritchard who recorded an incredible 77 species from his Shafford Farm garden. Congratulations to John who wins a wifi bird box camera and handmade wooden bird box from greenfeathers the wildlife camera specialists.