Be sure to join us at the offices of Affinity Water, Tamblin Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EZ on Saturday 29 February (2pm to 5.30pm) for the ever-popular Herts Bird Club / British Trust for Ornithology conference.

The programme combines a sequence of  entertaining talks on different aspects of bird life and identification with the eagerly-awaited first review of last year's Hertfordshire sightings and trends in 2019. There will also be a chance to win our bird photo identification competition and vote for the Herts bird photograph of the year.

Admission is £5, but don't forget to bring extra cash for the raffle and opportunities to buy HNHS publications from the bookstall at a discount.


2:00    Welcome – Rupert Evershed, Chairman, Herts Bird Club

Affinity Water Update on the water situation in Hertfordshire  – Alister Leggatt

2:05    Volunteers Recording the Secret Life of Birds – Carl Barimore, BTO. The data gathered by volunteers for the BTOs Nest Record Scheme is vital to understanding the changes in the environment by recording the progression of bird nests throughout the UK & Ireland. Carl Barimore works for the BTO in the Ringing and Nest Recording team and has been a volunteer nest recorder for the past 12 years.

2:50    Sssssshhh! I?m trying to sleep! #Nocmig – David Darrell-Lambert.At the age of nine David Darrell-Lambert was taken on a school outing to Rye Meads RSPB reserve.  Noisily waiting in a hide, a Kingfisher dashed past and started his passion for birds.  Since then David has been obsessed with warbler identification, fixated on gull ID and addicted on recording bird vocalisation.

3:35    BTO update – Murray Orchard and Martin Ketcher

3:45    Refreshments, courtesy of Affinity Water

4:15    Review of the birds of 2019, what did you miss – Graham Knight

4:30    Quack-nav - Tracking the movements of Gadwall using Satellite Tags – Paul Roper.  Interested in wildlife from an early age Paul Roper grew up in Norfolk finding birds? nests and collecting dead birds. In 1980 he made his first visit to the Wash to ring waders. Work brought him back to Hertfordshire in the late 1980s where he joined the Rye Meads Ringing Group. Paul has spent lots of time at Observatories around the UK and Europe and he holds a cannon net licence used for catching then ringing gulls on landfill sites. Colour ringing is a key element of his studies by increasing returns and data value. Paul has started to include satellite tracking to his work (yes even dinosaurs can move with the times) which is starting to yield some exciting results.

5:15    Competition results and raffle draw

5:30    Finish

Our warm thanks, as always, go to Affinity Water for hosting and supporting the conference.