Our annual winter count, carried out by teams of observers in each of the twelve 10km square, to record the number of bird species seen between 8am and 4pm.  Please Note we will be observing whatever Covid 19 restrictions that are in place at this time.

Aims:

  • to observe and record as many species as possible in each 10km square;
  • to cover the range of habitats in each 10km square;
  • to develop a good understanding of the status of species in the BOS area in winter.

 

To add spice to this useful count, each square is handicapped according to its results from the previous five years. The team achieving the best score over its par for the day receives a small perpetual trophy to hold for one year.

Following the count, a call-over meeting is usually held a few days later to discuss the findings and judge the winner of the trophy.  The date and venue are decided nearer the time and should be publicised on the News page.

 

In March 2020 the BTO launched their Chaffinch Appeal to raise funds to help them research why the UK population of Chaffinch is undergoing a significant decline. Read more ...

Bars and Spots - Mixed Fortunes of our Woodpeckers - Ken Smith

Ken Smith is a former research scientist with RSPB and has been studying woodpeckers for over 30 years but has always been heavily involved with local birding and recording through the Herts Bird Club, bird ringing and the BTO. Read more ...

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