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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Red-flanked Bluetail at Biddenham; photo by Anthony Cunningham. A superb first for the county found by David Barnes 

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Yellow-browed Warbler – Bedford garden 29th September; picture by Frederick Bassett

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in October 2020… electronic copy sent to members on 23rd (if anyone does not get copy pls contact editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk)

Articles include Bird News July – September 2020, notes on birding at Thurleigh Airfield and a selection of shore articles

*NEW* Winter Garden Bird Survey 2020/21 – unbelievably it is time for this survey to begin – starts Sunday 4th October – please participate using the downloadable form XLS PDF

Bedfordshire – our changing habitats and wildlife”   – a new book now published from BNHS – more details on the link and also printable Order Form

THE CHRISTMAS BIRD HUNT 2020 – 113 species noted. Details and results from this activity from midnight on 24th December and finishing at midnight on 31st December on the dedicated page HERE

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

For more info about membership please click the link

Notification of Bird Club AGM for February 23rd 2021 – Invitation, Agenda and Nomination forms for Committee

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. The Bird report for 2019 is complete and should be sent out to members at start of February 2021

Meetings − dates for your diary

INDOOR MEETINGS – We are delighted to announce that our programme of indoor meetings is continuing, despite the pandemic. What’s more, you are able to enjoy the talks in the comfort of your own living room! All talks are hosted by using the Zoom platform until further notice. For details of how to join our meetings please contact our zoom facilitator, Peter Nash by email: peternash2@sky.com

Tuesday December 15th 2020 – “Review of the Year” – DVD of this presentation still available. Please contact Richard Bashford if you would like a copy at £6.50. All proceeds to Bird Club funds. email

Tuesday 26th January 2021 – The Amazing Biodiversity of Bolivia by Rich Hoyer. Bolivia is one of the least visited birding destinations in the tropics, and this is perhaps the reason is that Bolivia is still relatively unknown in birding circles. But the country holds magnificent birds, and with a list of 1452 species it is the sixth country with the largest number of birds after Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Indonesia, and Ecuador. Our speaker Rich Hoyer is a professional tour guide who has led hundreds of birding tours across North, Central and South America, and joins us using the power of zoom from his home state of Oregon in the Pacific northwest of USA

OUTDOOR MEETINGS – *CANCELLED*

Unfortunately our program for the winter 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

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. With the current restrictions on movements maybe this will make a chance discovery more likely… more.

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.