April 2020 proved beyond doubt what a huge variety of birds visit and fly over our Hertfordshire gardens with 123 species being recorded from 113 gardens.  While lockdown restrictions are easing and many will seek birds further afield, there remains the opportunity to continue recording what we see and hear from our garden this April.

We are therefore encouraging everyone to add their sightings to the Spring Herts Garden Watch Googlesheet during April – spending as much or as little time birding from your garden as you like.  There’s lots of potential with Spring migrants arriving and, for the more intrepid, the possibility of “nocmig” records of birds migrating at night. Please email  for any issues using the Googlesheet.

To add a further challenge, we are planning a 48-hr garden bird race on the weekend of 17th/18th April with bonus points and prizes up for grabs!

As with previous garden bird counts, any birds seen or heard from your garden or house can be counted.  The only rule is that you must be present – so records from a recording device are not permitted.  We’ll be posting a weekly “Garden Bird Report” to the website with highlights of each week’s sightings.