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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juvenile Little Bittern at MVCP 20th August found by Steve Northwood – image by Neil Wright

Rosy Starling


Rose-coloured Starling in Caddington by Steve Blain

Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove near Marston Thrift by Andy Grimsey *ALL RECORDS OF TURTLE DOVE PLEASE*

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Read the latest edition here

Articles include May/June Bird News, Programme Matters, BNHS Conference invite, Field trip report to Breckland, Species Confidentiality Policy and Wildlife Site Bird Criteria Documents, 2016 Surveys, Discussion on “Armchair Ticking”  No.146 –  July 2016


*NEW* House Martin and Swift Survey page

House Martin Survey Form 2016

Swift Survey Form 2016


Bird Club Summer Programme 2016

*UPDATE* Roger Hicks has been busy surveying rookeries for the Birdclub. Roger has recently updated the dataset to include 2015 data which can be seen on our special page at Bedfordshire Rookery Survey. See also article in The Hobby 138

The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2014 – read about the latest bird report published December 2015. – updated link

Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.

Bedsbirds blogspot – view the latest county bird photos. To create a little more excitement to inland county birding, keep an eye on the SFYL or self found year list blog.



Meetings − dates for your diary


Day trip to Gibraltar Point NNR, Lincolnshire for a good variety of birds including passage migrants. Meet at Gibraltar Point NNR car park, TF556580 at 9.30am. Please contact the leaders in advance on 01234 768136 for parking arrangements.

Leaders:  Malcolm and Carolyn Hawkes


First indoor meeting of the season – details to announced shortly

What to look for in Bedfordshire


August sees the start of the autumn birding season as passerine migrants from northern parts of Britain and Scandanavia mix with locally fledged youngsters in our scrub and hedgerows while waders from further north can be found moving through where suitable habitat exists…. more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

Best bird for many months is the Little Bittern at MVCP on 20th August

Redstarts have been the highlights of the start of a the autumn passage of passerines with birds on the chalk slopes in the south of the county at Galley Hill, Pegsdon, Knocking Hoe and Streatley at least in the second week of the month with others at Dunton and Brogborough Hill where are Pied Flycatcher was discovered on the 19th

Returning wader passage is well underway with Broom producing the majority of sightings; best so far was a Turnstone on 3rd August. One Ruff, two Wood Sandpipers, a Greenshank and a few Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin had been noted at Broom in the first week of August but few sightings have been reported since  whilst more widespread across the county have been Common and Green Sandpipers while a Greenshank was at Grovebury on 15th.

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.