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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Whooper Swans near Broom by Jim P

WFG Broom GPs 14 Dec 18

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

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Slavonian Grebe at Brogborough Tip Pools by Sean D’Arcy

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in January… with electronic copy sent to members on 13th January

Articles include November/December 2018 Bird News, Programme Matters,  Slavonian Grebes in Bedfordshire, Red-list of Breeding Birds in Bedfordshire, Latest accepted rarities

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

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

Notice of AGM and Nomination Form for Committee here

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

WEEKEND 19th/20th JANUARY 2019

The Great Duck Hunt, our annual countywide census of wildfowl.  See dedicated page HERE for details and to add and view results

Organiser:  Steve Blain 

TUESDAY 29th JANUARY 2019 – INDOOR MEETING

Sun, sand and…scarce migrants! Nick Moran spent 5 years living and birding in southern Arabia and will take us on a season-by-season virtual tour of this fascinating region.

TUESDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2019 – starting at 7.45pm

Bird Club AGM followed by: Blakeney Point is probably the most exciting venue in Norfolk to bird watch during Spring and Autumn, plus breeding terns in Summer. Paul Laurie has been studying and photographing birds for 46 years the last 20 at Blakeney.

What to look for in Bedfordshire

January

January is a month for searching out the scarcer or more elusive winter visitors, either for a new year-list or maybe just purely the pleasure of discovery and observation and having a reason to get outdoors during the potentially cold or gloomy month.
Adverse weather conditions may encourage some interesting birds to take up temporary residence in the county with most focus from birders on the water bodies. A sheltered corner, even a local garden, may hold the biggest surprise though, as national rarities have been reported from neighbouring areas in recent winters…  more

What’s about at the moment and recent reports

Seven Whooper Swans were between Broom and Southill from 19th to 21st at least with three Short-eared Owls nearby on 20th. A ringtail Hen Harrier was noted near Stewartby on 18th. A Waxwing in Sandy noted on the 11th to 17th and two in Flitwick on 19th and 20th suggest there may be more to find. The two Great Northern Diver at Stewartby Lake were both still present on 21st January at least.

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.