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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Glossy Ibis at Jordans Mill photo by Steve Blain. Found by Stuart Warren on 31st January 2021

BBR 2019

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in January 2021… electronic copy sent to members on 22nd (if anyone does not get copy pls contact editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk)

Articles include Bird News October – December 2020, notes on upcoming program of Zoom talks and write up of the Garden Bird Feeding Survey Summer 2020

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.

Notification of Bird Club AGM for February 23rd 2021 – Invitation, Agenda and Nomination forms for Committee.  Nominations for committee for 2021 listed HERE

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 23rd February 2021 – Birds by Habitat by Carl Chapman. Birds are linked to their habitat even when they occur out of range. We explore by way of an illustrated presentation (via zoom) the occurrence and spread of some species occurring in the UK and beyond. Carl resides in Norfolk, UK from where he runs Wildlife Tours and Education, a company specialising in the provision of birdwatching breaks for experts and beginners alike. He is the Norfolk Cetacean recorder and Chairman of Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists Society

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

February

February is the depth of winter for some species as food becomes scarcer and continuing cold weather puts a strain on survival for winter visitors and residents alike. The gradual increase in day length gives an indication of the spring to come and warmer days towards the end of the month will encourage a significant increase in bird song from many resident birds as they establish new territories. Some early nesters may already be on eggs at the end of the month. Cold weather spells will encourage more movement and new visitors to the county… 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.