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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Alpine Swift at Broom East CWS on 5th July 2021 – photo by Steve Blain. Second county record after previous on 1st April 2006

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Arctic Tern at Broom East CWS 28th April 2021 – photo by Steve Blain

 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in April 2021… electronic copy sent to members on 14th (if anyone does not get copy pls contact editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk)

Articles include Bird News January – March 2021, Rook and BTO Wet Meadows Surveys, reports of the work of the Bird Club and its committees in 2020

Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey – started 7th March. Form for download, please click preferred format  PDF  XLS

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

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

The Bird Report for 2019 was published in January 2021 and distributed free to all Bird Club members at the end of that month, comprising 136 pages and in full colour throughout and with a stunning photo by Mark Rayment of our Black-throated Thrush on the front. More details on content and how to get a copy HERE.

Meetings − dates for your diary

INDOOR MEETINGS – We are delighted to announce that our programme of indoor meetings is already being compiled for the 2021/22 season. We are looking at plans to have both some indoor meetings if the option becomes available and continuing with a selection of Zoom meetings, which have proved very popular during the 2020/21 season during the restrictions in force during the pandemic.

OUTDOOR MEETINGS – *CANCELLED*

Unfortunately our program for the summer remains on hold until further notice as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak however options are being investigated into when this can safely restart. Resumption of the program will be informed to members as soon as that is possible.

What to look for in Bedfordshire

July

Early July is still a good time to collect sightings of breeding activity for the county records with plenty of fledglings around and birds carrying food often for second broods.

In terms of scarce breeding birds in the county, end of June and through July represents the optimum time for locating Quail. The distinctive call can be picked up especially in the evening and local birds seem to have a preference for barley fields, though wheat and other long grass crops may be favoured.

Migrants are sparse through most of the month but some quality county rarities have turned up… 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.