The Herts Bird Club - British Trust for Ornithology conference makes its welcome return as a 'live' event from 2pm to 5.30pm on Saturday 4 March at the offices of Affinity Water, Tamblin Way, Hatfield (AL10 9EZ).

Paul Noyes from the BTO will give a featured talk about conservation action for wading birds, while Josh Kalms of the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust will provide an overview of the many waterfowl and other species found on the Stocker's Lake reserve near Rickmansworth.

No Bird Conference would be complete without Graham Knight's 'What Did you Miss?' account of rarities and other notable records for Herts in 2022. There will also be an update from Mike Ilett, co-author Birds of Hertfordshire (2015), on status changes in a decade since the survey on which the book was based.

Tom Speller will be in charge of the annual competition to choose the Herts Bird Photograph of the Year and our county BTO reps, Martin Ketcher and Murray Orchard, will report on the latest survey plans and other activities.

Admission is £5. There will also be the usual raffle and sale of HNHS books at specially reduced prices.

Our thanks go to Alister Leggatt and Affinity Water for hosting the event.

Programme:

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

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

2:10     Working Together for Waders - Paul Noyes, British Trust for Ornithology

2:50     BTO Update - Martin Ketcher and Murray Orchard

3:00     2022, What did you Miss? Review of the Birds of the Year - Graham Knight

3:15     Break

4:00     The Birds of Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve - Josh Kalms, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

4:35     The Birds of Hertfordshire - 10 Years On - Mike Ilett

5:15     2022 Bird Photo of the Year Result - Tom Speller

5:20     Competition results and raffle draw

5:30     Conference ends

Transport: Free parking is available around the Affinity Water offices

Trains: Hatfield station is 2 miles from the conference venue.  Buses to St Albans Road West or Hatfield Galleria, then walk.