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.

WFG Broom GPs 14 Dec 18

White-fronted Goose at Peacocks Lake, Broom GP by Jim P

Goldcrest The Lodge SCB

Goldcrest at The Lodge by Steve Blain

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in November… with electronic copy sent to members on 20th November

Articles include September/October 2018 Bird News, Programme Matters,  update on BTO Project Owl, Grey Phalaropes in Bedfordshire, Hawfinch thoughts, Birdtrack recording info and a short travelogue on the  Highlights of the Seychelles

Membership Application Form for new members can be downloaded here *NEW*

2019 Subscription Renewals Form for current members can be downloaded here *NEW*

 

Program for Winter season 2018/2019 available for download: Bird Club Winter Programme 2018/19 includes details of our program of seven indoor meetings and thirteen field meetings from Sept 2018 to May 2019

 

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

Meetings − dates for your diary

TUESDAY 18th DECEMBER – INDOOR MEETING

Join Richard Bashford for this festive and light-hearted evening, as he looks back over the birding year in the county with his now famous film depicting the highlights of the year.

Maulden Village Hall at the junction of Ampthill and Flitwick Road, Maulden MK45 2DN (TL 049381), commencing at 8.00pm sharp. Doors open 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available. Visitors and non-members are always welcome! (Donations  from non-members attending would be appreciated)

CHRISTMAS DAY to NEW YEAR’S EVE

The Great Christmas Bird Hunt. See Dedicated webpage for details.

Organiser:  Andy Banthorpe

SUNDAY 13th JANUARY 2019 – FIELD TRIP

Rye House Marsh and Amwell Pits.  Trip to Hertfordshire for wintering Birds.  Meet in the RSPB car park at Rye House Marsh, Rye Rd, Hertfordshire SG12 8JS, (TL389103), at 9.00am.

Leader:  John Tomlin

What to look for in Bedfordshire

December

December is a month in which most winter visitors have arrived but surprises are still to be found as birds move around to seek best feeding and sheltering areas, particularly in response to adverse weather conditions. The holiday season gives an opportunity for many birders to spend some more time in the field with the Christmas Bird Hunt and maybe filling the last gap on the year list when weather and daylight allow…..  more

What’s about at the moment and recent reports

A White-fronted Goose seen at Broom GP on 14th December may be lurking in one of the Greylag flocks around the middle of the county. A Great Northern Diver at Brogborough Lake on 30th Nov and a Shag near Broom on Dec 3rd were typical examples of normally coastal birds may turn up in suitable weather conditions.  Also after being noted on visible migration in small groups in November, a few Crossbills have been located, one group of 8-10 was in Stockgrove Country Park during the Bird Club walk on 9th December.

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.