Welcome to the Bedfordshire Bird Club

The Bedfordshire Bird Club was formed in 1992 to enhance the recording of birds in the county and bring together people with a shared interest in birds and birding.

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Knot at Lodge Farm Lake by Dave Parsons

Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove Biggleswade (not this year unfortunately) – image Steve Blain – all records please

 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Read the latest edition here

Articles include May/Jun 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters,  Report of the Winter 2016/17 Garden Bird Feeding Survey      No.152 – July 2017

*NEW* SWIFT Survey 2017 – new recording form added here. Dedicated page with detail of House Martin and Swift Survey click here

 

Bird Club Summer Programme 2016/2017

Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2017 Form available from link – started 5th March 2017

The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2015 – read about the latest bird report published December 2016

Roger Hicks Rookeries Survey. Roger’s county surveys since 2013 can be seen here and for wider coverage on his new dedicated site at www.rookeries.uk

Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.

Bedsbirds blogspot – view the latest county bird photos. To create a little more excitement to inland county birding, keep an eye on the SFYL or self found year list blog.

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*LAST CALL FOR MEMBERS TO GET TICKETS*

Bedfordshire Bird Club’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

                  A talk by Mr Iolo Williams on Birds of Prey

To be held in Maulden Village Hall on Tuesday 26th September 2017 starting at 8.00pm, doors open 7.15pm. Admission by ticket only, price £5.00 for paid-up Bird Club/BNHS  members, £8.00 for non-members.

To apply for tickets please send your cheque, payable to BNHS to: Don Green, Red Cow Farm Cottage, Bidwell, Dunstable, LU5 6JP, together with a postage stamp and your address. Envelope supplied.

If applying for other members please give their names. We intend to put any remaining tickets available to selected other groups at the end of the July.

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Meetings − dates for your diary

WEDNESDAY 9th AUGUST

Evening visit to Dunstable Sewage Treatment Works for a variety of wetland species.  Meet in Birdwatchers’ car park, off Thorn Road, TL004242, at 7.00pm.

Leader:  Rob Dazley, Hon Warden

What to look for in Bedfordshire

August

August sees the start of the autumn birding season as passerine migrants from northern parts of Britain and Scandanavia mix with locally fledged youngsters in our scrub and hedgerows while waders from further north can be found moving through where suitable habitat exists…  more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

First “good” waders of the autumn were two Knot that were found at Lodge Farm Lake (private) on 25th July. Elsewhere a couple of Greenshanks have been reported and the first Redstart of the season was at Pegsdon on 23rd.

Early signs of autumn had included a Garganey and Black-tailed Godwit at Broom GP on 6th July with a Sandwich Tern there the following week while the earliest of a few returning Green Sandpipers was a bird at East Hyde, that was back already on the weekend of 17/18th June.

Please ensure all records or scarce and rare breeders that are located are noted and share with the County Recorder either directly or through Birdtrack noting breeding code information as applicable. Also all contributions to the Swift survey are welcome on the respective forms.

Latest sightings

On Twitter we have adopted the Rare Bird Network hashtag system for bird news. Check out the Twitter feed below for the latest sightings. Twitter users, please add the hashtag #rbnBDF to your tweets to share your Bedfordshire bird sightings with others and for your tweet to appear in this feed. Details of how to use the Rare Bird Network hashtags can be found here.