The Hertfordshire Bird Report 2021 was published and circulated to HNHS/Bird Club members in November 2022 (Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society, Vol. 54 (2), pp. 89-176.)

The report reviews each of the (provisional) 196 species recorded in Hertfordshire in 2021 including Green-winged Teal, Purple Heron, Long-eared Owl, Dartford Warbler, Iceland Gull and Grey Phalarope. There was one record of a singing Nightingale and confirmed breeding by Hawfinch.  Thanks go to everyone who contributed to the report not least approaching 900 observers. The number of records submitted for Herts again increased by a fifth to more than 342000.

The report is sent free of charge to Herts Bird Club or full HNHS members. It is available price £10 to non-members who should should contact David Utting, the HNHS Secretary


Editorial (Clifford Smout)

Guidelines for observers –  a checklist of the birds of Hertfordshire

Review of the year (Clifford Smout)

Systematic list 

Brent Goose to Egyptian Goose (Vicky Buckel)
Shelduck to Tufted Duck (Clifford Smout)
Common Scoter to Cormorant (David Booth)
Osprey to Common Buzzard (excludng Red Kite) (Chris Ruis)
Water Rail to Black-tailed Godwit (Martin Searle)
Turnstone to Greenshank (Dan Fletcher)
Kittiwake to Black Tern (Tom Speller)
Feral Pigeon to Kingfisher (Phil Butson)
Woodpeckers (Ken Smith)
Kestrel to Ring-necked Parakeet (John Yates)
Crows (Graham Knight)
Coal Tit to House Martin (Steve Hughes)
Cetti's Warbler to Garden Warbler  (Peter Tallantire)
Lesser Whitethroat to Starling (John Yates)
Ring Ouzel to Wheatear (Paul Lewis)
House Sparrow to Dunnock (Martin Ketcher)

Wagtails and Pipits (Tony Blake)
Finches (Roy Hargreaves)

Buntings and Red Kite (Murray Orchard)

Appendix 1 – WeBS counts for Hertfordshire in 2021 (Cath Patrick)

Appendix 2  – Records relating to birds considered to be of captive origin (Clifford Smout)

Herts Rare Birds Panel Report (Mike Ilett)

List of Observers

2021 Hertfordshire Rookery Survey (Graham Knight)

Heartwood breeding birds – the first 13 years (Ken and Linda Smith)

The BTO Garden BirdWatch in Hertfordshire 2021 (Philip Butson)

The JNCC Seabirds Count in Hertfordshire (Murray Orchard)

The Breeding Bird Survey in Hertfordshire in 2021 (Martin Ketcher)

Bird ringing in Hertfordshire in 2021 (Lynne Lambert)

Herts Bird Photo of the Year competition 2021 (Tom Speller)

Herts Bird Club committee and contacts