BLACK-NECKED GREBES continue to show well at Hilfield Park Reservoir, adults still feeding young at the site. This remains the best site in Southern England for this species, birds being present from March to October and occasionally overwintering.
Permits are easily obtainable for all members of the Herts and Middlesex Trust and regular watchers are provided with their own personal key so that they can access the site at all times and treat the reserve as if it is their own private nature reserve. Superb close views can be obtained of the grebes from the jetty halfway along the dam.
There are still 3 Ruddy Ducks left on site, these of which will presumably be shot when members of the club and the owners of the reservoir allow Defra access in September to shoot them, as they have ashamedly done in the past four winters.