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Recent records and sightings 2018

All records relate to sightings by members within a 10 mile radius of Hatfield Forest.

Abbreviations : HF Hatfield Forest

                        SWM Sawbridgeworth Marsh

                        TW Thorley Wash

                        P Pishiobury Park

                        BP Bishops Park

                        SCP Southern Country Park


1st Jan

Little Egret 4

5th Jan

Peregrine - 1 spouting along the eastern edge of the park.

13th Jan

Greylag Goose 37 flew over Pishiobury Park

22nd Jan

Lesser Redpoll 8 in Pishiobury Park

30th Jan

Snipe - 8 put up from Lower Sheering Scrape by a shoot.

4th Feb

Wigeon male below Pishiobury Park
3 Shoveler on Lower Sheering Scrape
Fieldfare 65

16th Feb:

HF: 50+ Hawfinch, Buzzard.
Thorley: 2 Skylarks, 2 Barn Owls.
Manor of Groves golf course: 25 Fieldfares
Maze Green Rd. 51 Goldfinch.
Red Kite BS.

7th Feb

Fieldfare 126 at Manor of Groves
also a report of Black Redstart at Stansted airport on 5th Feb

2nd Feb:

HF: Hawfinch,Sparrowhawk, Dabchick, Wigeon, Blackcap (F) Siskins, Jay. Parakeet Pishiobury Park.

16th March:

Blackbirds nesting 3/3/18.
SBWM: Cetti's warbler, Grey heron
Red Kite, London rd BS, Hunsdon, Sworth
9 Magpies in 1 tree Kings Court BS
5 Buzzards circling NW BS.
Goldcrest on fat feeder.
Little Egret on R Stort tributary behind Thai restaurant/Mill Rd BS.

23rd November

Weather 16C on 17th -2C on 19th

Siskins Parndon Mill
Ring necked parakeet Hunsdon Lock
Field fares Collins Coppice HF
7th December

Little Egret, 2, BS
Little Egret BS
Green woodpecker, G S Woodpecker, LT tits, Nuthatch, Yellowhammer (many) Goldfinch 9, Meadow pipit, many, Skylark 50

14th December

Weather: Overcast, cold E wind, night frost, no rain river level low

Birds: Goldfinch flock, Green finch, 2, Jay 2, Kite over Lower Hunsdon, Raven Sworth, Tawny Owl Birchanger woods, Nuthatch 2

Earlier observations and sightings


2nd Feb: Weasel P Park, Water Vole SBWM, Hare, Fox, Muntjac: Farnham.

16th Feb: Badger sett active in Elgins HF.Bank vole (headless) SBWM, Fallow Deer TW

16th March: Large fallow Buck SBWM. Water Voles TW.


2nd Feb: SBWM: Celandine, snowdrops, daffodils in bud.

16th Feb: Stonewort (Chara) SBWM. Ivy berries still seen. Hazel catkins, Lesser celandine, Alonia aloides  moss. Snowdrops, Coltsfoot.

16th March: Primrose, Violet, Coltsfoot BS. Blackthorn, Bullace in flower. Lesser Celandine 25/2/18; Wild daffodils Bloodhound Wood 15/3/18. Snowdrops still in bloom.

23rd November Mammals: Rabbits, healthy and Myxi

14th December Hare, Hunsdon airfield


2nd Feb: Double striped pug moth. Hoverflies, Lackey Moth Caterpillar HF.

16th Feb:

Buff tailed Bumble bee, spruce aphid.

16th March:

Ladybird, honey bees and bumble bees on Daphne flowers.

23rd November

Bumble bee


2nd Feb: None

16th Feb: Red Admiral

16th March: Brimstone, BS, Harlow 16/3/18

23rd November

Red Admiral Perry Green and Hunsdon Lock

7th December 2 Small tortoise shell butterflies


16th March: Smooth Newt, Frog spawn/Frogs BS.

14th December Torpid common frog


7th December False widow spider in school, Leopard slug


14th December  Mouse ear hawkweed, Ivy berries St Marys churchyard.


23rd November Collins Coppice: Chanterelle, Clitocybe sp, Mycena sp on rotting wood


2nd Feb: North Wind, cold by day, Rain, some night frosts.

16th Feb :

Consistent cold wind, heavy hail showers. Rain. Soil moisture deficit now made up.

16th March:

"Beast from the East" -6 C, Snow 28/2 to 3/3. Bitter NE wind. 14th to 16th Much 12 C.