Hatfield conference probes Hertfordshire birdlife

PUBLISHED: 15:10 16 March 2017

Green sandpiper at Lemsford Springs

Green sandpiper at Lemsford Springs


More than 100 bird enthusiasts came to Hatfield on Saturday for a wide-ranging conference on ornithology in Hertfordshire.

The annual conference of the Herts Bird club, organised jointly with the British Trust for Ornithology, was hosted by Affinity Water in Tamblin Way.

The three presentations on aspects of bird study included one given by jointly by former Welwyn Garden City resident Ken Smith and Barry Trevis, warden of Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve.

They explained how they have been colour-ringing the nature reserve’s green sandpipers since 1983, and have recently been able to track their migration across the North Sea with satellite tags.

Another presentation explained how gulls and terns interact on nesting rafts across the county.

There was also a review of Hertfordshire bird records in 2016, which included sightings of two new species for the county, Franklin’s gull and Bonaparte’s gull.

The conference was concluded with announcement of the results of an identification quiz and a photo competition.

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