Read the Herts Bird Club and HNHS objections to the proposal here.
Hertsmere Borough Council have released a public consultation document covering a number of potential sites for housing and employment. One of the sites 'H2' is a proposed 'garden village' at Tyttenhanger covering a large area either side of Coursers Road and incorporating Tyttenhanger Farm and New Plantation Wood.
The full plan can be accessed at Local Plan Hertsmere by downloading the pdf document 'final version of our sites document'. Page 10 shows a map highlighting the various sites proposed for development including 'H2' at Tyttenhanger which is explained in more detail on pages 146-149. This development would undoubtedly impact negatively on the wildlife at Tyttenhanger, including, of course, the local Tree Sparrow population which is the last remaining colony in Hertfordshire and one of the last in the whole of the south east of England.
For November, in his monthly Noting Nature column for the Herts Advertiser, Herts birder Rupert Evershed writes about his local patch Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits - one of the best places in Hertfordshire to watch birds. Read Rupert's article here:
After only moving to Hertfordshire from Surrey last summer, Stuart Cossey started his second autumn in Herts with a stunner. Read his account of his excellent find below.
Update 30 September 2018:
The Tawny Owl Calling Survey is now open. All you need to do is listen for Tawny Owls for 20 minutes each week, from 30 September to 31 March. The more weeks that you can listen the better - but you can do as many or as few weeks as you are able.
Sign up at:
As part of Project Owl the BTO are looking for volunteers to take part in a couple of Tawny Owl surveys, which it?s hoped will run from this autumn to spring 2020.
The first of these is called the Tawny Owl Point Survey which starts this autumn from mid-August until mid-October. It requires volunteers to undertake two 20 minute long evening visits, within the two hours after sunset, to the middle of their allocated tetrad and to record any Tawny Owls heard. The intention is to repeat again next spring, from mid-February to mid-March and, funding permitting, again in autumn 2019/spring 2020.
Interested? Check out available squares, including many still available in Herts, and sign up for one at:
It is hoped to cover all the priority tetrads.
There will also be a Tawny Owl Calling Survey. This is easily done from people?s gardens, or local green space, and entails spending 20 minutes listening for Tawny Owls on one evening per week from 30 September to 31 March.
Registration for this survey will be possible soon.
Since the first Action for Swifts article was published earlier this year, local swift enthusiast Vicky Duxbury has been busy organising events and spreading the word to raise awareness of the decline in swift numbers.
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If you are interested helping in whatever way you can please get in touch with Vicky at firstname.lastname@example.org