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 at Marston Thrift by Andy Grimsey – please help us by sharing records of all birds seen this year


Nightingale at Stewartby by Sean D’Arcy – a minimum of eight birds are singing around the brick pits this year. 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in May… with electronic copy sent to members on 19th May

Articles include March/April 2019 Bird News, Programme Matters, Report of the work of the Records and Research Committee, Notification of Urban Gull and Survey and continuing Swift Survey, comment on BNHS and Bird Club Sponsors

Membership Application Form for new members can be downloaded here


Swift Survey continues 2019 form can be downloaded here


Program for Summer season 2019 available for download: Bird Club Summer Programme 2019 includes details of our program of ten field meetings from April to October 2019

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


Maybe of Interest to Members:- CJ Wildlife Book Clearance

Meetings − dates for your diary


A day trip to the Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire, for summer and local      breeding birds. Meet in the Car Park at 52 Barton Ln, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 6DY for a 9.00am start. (There is a charge for Parking of £3.00)

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe


A joint meeting with the BNHS.  An evening walk around Sandy Smith NR, Clophill, looking for resident birds and other wildlife. Park and meet at the entrance gate to the reserve, (TL110387), at 7.00pm, finish by 9.30pm.

Leaders:  Stefan Baltruschat and Sue Raven


Day Trip to the Great Fen, Cambridgeshire for local breeding birds, dragonflies and butterflies. Meet in the car park at the end of Chapel Rd, Ramsey, Huntingdon, PE26 2RS at 9.00am.

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 reports

A Temmincks Stint at Grovebury on 25th to 27th (accompanied by a Little Stint on the latter date) was the best species of the wader passage in May though of greater spectacle was the passage earlier in the month particularly on the 8th, when poor weather with heavy rain on a front was accompanied by a superb passage of birds, most very short staying with highlights being multiple Black Terns and a Little Tern, Knot and Grey Plover at two sites, Sanderling, Whimbrel, Avocet and good numbers of Dunlins also reported. More reports of Black Terns and scarcer waders continued in the week to 18th though in smaller numbers. There records all show the number and selection of birds that probably pass over at this time of year on cross-country migration every year without stopping…

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.