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.
Black-throated Thrush at Whipsnade Zoo by Steve Blain
Great Grey Shrike at Brogborough Hill by Sean D-Arcy
*NEW* Bird Club Ringing Report 2018 published January 2020
Subscription renewal form for 2020 (also for new members !)
*NEW* Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey – starts 8th March 2020, download on link
THE HOBBY – our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in March 2020… electronic copy sent to members on 3rd, hardcopies to send on 6th (if anyone does not get copy pls contact email@example.com)
Articles include Winter Bird News Dec 2019-Feb 2020, Programme Matters, Report of East Norfolk Field Trip, Key Breeding Birds for Recording 2020, Report of the Records and Research Committee in 2019, Brief report of the Bird Club AGM, Accepted County Rarities in 2019 and update on BTO Surveys for 2020
Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.
Bedsbirds blogspot – view the some of the latest county bird photos.
Bedsbirds Flickr page – lots more photos here, both common and scarce species
The bird report for 2018 was published in January 2020 and distributed free to all Bird Club members at the start of February 2020, comprising 144 pages and in full colour throughout. More details on content and how to get a copy HERE
Meetings − dates for your diary
TUESDAY 31st MARCH – INDOOR MEETING *CANCELLED*
Dr Michael Brooke – Far from land. The mysterious lives of seabirds.
OUTDOOR MEETINGS – *CANCELLED*
unfortunately our program for the spring has been cancelled until further notice as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Resumption of the program will be informed to members as soon as that is possible
What to look for in Bedfordshire
March sees the change of the season in the county as bird song begins in earnest and the first summer visiting species start to appear. This is a good month for finding some scarce species as they pass through the county or become less elusive as they begin breeding activity… more
April – stay home or walk locally but you might be lucky
April is a very exciting time for birding in Bedfordshire as a trickle of summer visitors at the beginning of the month becomes a flood by the end of the month. New birds and year ticks are around every day and with birds on the move hastily returning to their breeding areas there are lots of opportunities to find a scarce or rare visitor, but records show that they generally do not hang around for long… more
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.