Andy Sapsford’s blog about Sawbridgeworth Marsh Reserve
Daphne Wallace-Jarvis’s blog about Birchhanger Wood
Following on from a report of Ravens in the area some weeks ago there has now been a positive sighting of these same birds giving every intention that they may well be nesting in the Hatfield Forest area.
These notes are being prepared at the end of an exceptionally mild October & the possibility has been flagged up of a record breaking year as the warmest on record. We will see! However, I have already seen a flock of Golden Plover loafing in an arable field, as well as a dashing, swerving, Merlin as it came through a hedge & followed a footpath down towards Bloodhounds' Wood in front of me. It actually perched on a pheasant feeder bin set in a shelterbelt, but the view was limited by poor, early morning light.
Thus, winter passage is well under way, even if the weather might suggest otherwise. Also, as I write, I have just received a telephone call from my old friend at Wickham Hall reporting a flock of around two dozen Green Parakeets flying low over the farm towards Bloodhounds' Wood. This species is of course a relatively common sight in some areas of London, but still unusual in the Stortford area.
When this edition is delivered though your letterbox, thoughts will be with Christmas & the buying spree will be in full spate! Can I suggest a stocking filler? The Birds of Bishop's Stortford & District is still available at our local Waterstone's. It is still only £3.50 &, for that, you get a complete compendium of records of all birds observed in & around the town as well as some beautiful illustrations & photographs. It is truly the most invaluable guide to what birds you might see in the local area. Buy it!
Talking of Christmas, the Society always arranges a Christmas social evening each year &, this year it has been organised for the evening of Friday 12 Dec. At the usual location in the Meetings Room in the Office Block at Hatfield Forest at 8pm. Visitors are welcome, where they are asked to make small donation.
Continuing the Christmas theme, Hatfield Forest offers Father Christmas Trails on 6-7 & 13-14 Dec.from 10.30-2.30pm. As always, details are available on the forest web site (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfieldforest) or telephone 01279 870678.
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|Pishiobury Park Bats|
|Forest Bird Watch|
|Breeding birds survey 2015|
|Over the Farm Gate|
|Records & sightings|