A Good Friday visit to a very busy Anglesey Abbey. The gardens were wonderful and I suspect worth a visit in May for breeding passerines. On the wander around the spectacular winter gardens a sparrow hawk, great and blue tits were heard. A great spotted woodpecker was drumming and calling whilst goldcrests and long tailed tits were heard in the many well established conifers. The quarry lake held just one moorhen and blackbirds and song thrushes enjoyed the ground covering vegetation and bamboo stands. Several empty nests were seen, especially in the large wisteria and espaliered pyrus that were attached to the Abbey itself.
- Jono Forgham
Firstly, Bishop's Stortford Natural History Society http://bsnhs.webplus.net/
http://www.hertsbirdclub.org.uk/ The official herts bird club website. Frequently updated, listing bird sightings around the county. Offers links to many other websites. Both of these sites also offer links to yahoo discussion groups.
http://www.birdforum.net/ An international site. You can enter as a guest but become a member( free) to post comments, bird sightings and just about anything to do with wild birds. Good news updates, classified section for binoculars, cameras etc.
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com/ A new site set up where you can contact people worldwide who will help you find good birds in their country. UK section being set up presently.
Fellow birders blog. Strtford resident, Graeme Smith regulary birds the area south of Stortford as well as around Spellbrook and the River Stort from Spellbrook to Twyford Locks. Some superb bird photography: Graeme uses a digital camera attached to his powerful telescope to get detailled images of the birds he sees. Well worth a browse.
Two local sites that may be of interest can be found at