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.

Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove at Marston Thrift by Andy Grimsey – please help us by sharing records of all birds seen this year


Nightingale at Stewartby by Sean D’Arcy – a minimum of eight birds are singing around the brick pits this year. 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in May… with electronic copy sent to members on 19th May

Articles include March/April 2019 Bird News, Programme Matters, Report of the work of the Records and Research Committee, Notification of Urban Gull and Survey and continuing Swift Survey, comment on BNHS and Bird Club Sponsors

Membership Application Form for new members can be downloaded here


Swift Survey continues 2019 form can be downloaded here


Program for Summer season 2019 available for download: Bird Club Summer Programme 2019 includes details of our program of ten field meetings from April to October 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


Maybe of Interest to Members:- CJ Wildlife Book Clearance

Meetings − dates for your diary


A day trip to the Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire, for summer and local      breeding birds. Meet in the Car Park at 52 Barton Ln, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 6DY for a 9.00am start. (There is a charge for Parking of £3.00)

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe


A joint meeting with the BNHS.  An evening walk around Sandy Smith NR, Clophill, looking for resident birds and other wildlife. Park and meet at the entrance gate to the reserve, (TL110387), at 7.00pm, finish by 9.30pm.

Leaders:  Stefan Baltruschat and Sue Raven

What to look for in Bedfordshire


May has proved over recent years to be a superb time for birding in Bedfordshire with the last summer visitors arriving and a fine array of scarce and rare visitors recorded. The long, warmer days and peak of bird song also ensure it is one of the most pleasurable months for spending time in the field. Birding time is split between the commitments of survey activity and the desire to continue the search for migrants, with waders and birds from the south and east being the main attractions….  more

What’s about at the moment and recent reports

All regular summer visitors have been reported in the county by 13th May with first Spotted Flycatcher on 11th being the last to arrive.Please ensure that you share (privately with the recorder if your prefer) all records of the scarcer breeders so we can continue to monitor.

Poor weather with heavy rain on a front on the 8th May was accompanied by a superb passage of birds, most very short staying with highlights being multiple Black Terns and a Little Tern, Knot and Grey Plover at two sites, Sanderling, Whimbrel, Avocet and good numbers of Dunlins also reported. More reports of Black Terns and scarcer waders continued in the week to 18th though in smaller numbers. There records all show the number and selection of birds that probably pass over at this time of year on cross-country migration every year without stopping…


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.