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.

Meetings − dates for your diary

SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER

Day trip to Dungeness area, Kent, for a good variety of passage migrants and seabirds.  Meet in the RSPB Burrows Pit Reserve car park, TR063196, at 9.00am.

Leader:  Paul Trodd

TUESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER – INDOOR MEETING

Bedfordshire Bird Club’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

                  A talk by Mr Iolo Williams on Birds of Prey

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.

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

Wader migrant movements in August so far have consisted primarily of reports of Common Sandpipers, a handful of Greenshanks and Dunlin. Two reports in the month of Great White Egret demonstrate their increasing frequency but none have yet lingered. On the hills, a few Redstarts have been noted and returning Spotted Flycatchers. Swifts continue to be reported mid-month.

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.