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 Biggleswade (not this year unfortunately) – image Steve Blain – all records please

Cuckoo in flight

Cuckoo near Broom GP – image Jim P


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

Articles include Mar/Apr 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters,  BTO House Martin and Swift Survey information, Report of the Rarities Committee, Little Bunting in Bedfordshire Jan to Mar 2017      No.151 – May 2017

*NEW* SWIFT Survey 2017 – new recording form added here. Dedicated page with detail of House Martin and Swift Survey click here


Bird Club Summer Programme 2016/2017

Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2017 Form available from link – started 5th March 2017

The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2015 – read about the latest bird report published December 2016

Roger Hicks Rookeries Survey. Roger’s county surveys since 2013 can be seen here and for wider coverage on his new dedicated site at www.rookeries.uk

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.


Bedfordshire Bird Club’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

                  A talk by Mr Iolo Williams on Birds of Prey

To be held in Maulden Village Hall on Tuesday 26th September 2017

                    Starting at 8.00pm, doors open 7.15pm.


Admission by ticket only, price £5.00 for paid-up Bird Club/BNHS  members, £8.00 for non-members. 

To apply for tickets please send your cheque, payable to BNHS to:

Don Green, Red Cow Farm Cottage, Bidwell, Dunstable, LU5 6JP, together with a postage stamp and your address. Envelope supplied.

If applying for other members please give their names.


Meetings − dates for your diary


Morning walk around RSPB Sandy Lodge Reserve for a variety of birds.  Meet in the gatehouse car park, TL191486, at 8.00am.

Leader:  Graham Goodall


Day trip to Thursley Common NNR, Surrey, for heathland species plus some excellent dragonflies and butterflies.  Meet in reserve car park, SU900417, on B3001 south of Elstead village at 9.00am.  Joint meeting with BNHS.

Leader:  Pete Marshall

What to look for in Bedfordshire


June is a quiet month in Bedfordshire in comparison to the excitement of April and May. Spring migration comes to an end at the beginning of the month, with the first movements of the autumn migration already recorded by the end of the month. Our breeding birds settle in to bringing up their young, song is reduced and thick cover makes birds elusive but this month is the ideal opportunity to check out breeding records of notable species. There’s still a chance of a rarity however, with local records of excellent vagrants during this period….  more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

As usual June has proved to be a quiet time for bird movements but records of our scarcer breeding birds are welcome and this year has again proved that the decline in Turtle Dove and Spotted Flycatchers is continuing, with only single figures of the former in the county and no records of breeding.

First signs of autumn include a Green Sandpiper returned to East Hyde already on the weekend of 17/18th June.

No-one has yet locally found the Cattle Egret that flew over Stewartby area on late evening of 24th May so is that still around or was that just passing by on a longer journey ?

Please ensure all records or scarce and rare breeders that are located are noted and share with the County Recorder either directly or through Birdtrack noting breeding code information as applicable. Also all contributions to the Swift survey are welcome on the respective forms.

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.