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

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 July/August Bird News, Programme Matters, BNHS Conference invite, Field trip report to Otmoor, Little Bittern in Bedfordshire, Launch of the Thames and Chiltern Bird Atlas, Canbridgeshire Bird Conference, Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2015/16  No.147 –  September 2016


*NEW* Bird Club Winter Programme 2016/2017


*NEW* Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey – Form for 2016/17 available from link.

This season the survey has been kindly sponsored by G&M Growers of Upper Caldecotte – Farm Shop and Bird Food


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 visit to RSPB Cliffe Pools Reserve, Kent, for migrants and residents.  Meet in main car park at end of Salt Lane, TQ723760, at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

TUESDAY 25th OCTOBER 2016 – Indoor Meeting

‘Birdwatching in Italy’ and ‘The Work of LIPU, Birdlife partner in Italy’ by David Lingard, LIPU UK.  A country rich in bird life but suffering serious human persecution.

What to look for in Bedfordshire


October in Bedfordshire is a month characterised by the movement and arrival of our winter visitors. Observations of visible migration give a glimpse of this movement for those who find a suitable watch-point early morning and with favourable conditions, while overnight changes in the number of birds on our water bodies may also be notable. The month also offers the potential for a real county rarity, with a rare species list larger than other months of the year… more


September is an excellent birding month in Bedfordshire with a large diversity of species on the move and plenty of opportunity to find scarce birds. Many of these birds will linger long enough around our wetlands or scrub to be accessible to observers who are able to take the opportunities. Time in the field will be certain to bring rewards.… more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

Mid-September records have included a Little Stint at MVCP and up to two Ruff at Broom but other scarce waders, a Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew and Grey Plover have been recorded only as flyovers. An increase in duck numbers has been recognised with the arrival of the first Wigeon and a few Pintail. A Gannet over Broom on 17th and passing Marsh Harriers at Brogborough and Pegsdon were only seen by lone observers as were three Sandwich Terns at Priory on 14th.

Whinchats and Wheatears are still being found towards the end of the month and more Stonechats have arrived after the first returning bird on 18th September.

Less recently, the best bird for many months was the Little Bittern at MVCP on 20th August which unfortunately was not seen on subsequent days. A dark juvenile Honey Buzzard drifting over Pegsdon Hills on the morning of 3rd September was well observed and photographed by two surprised and lucky birders.

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.