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.

WINTER PROGRAM – THREE MORE ZOOM EVENTS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED and CHRISTMAS BIRD HUNT JUST CONCLUDED

For more info about membership please click the link

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Cattle Egret – one of up to five birds south of Henlow during the middle of December – photo by Steve Blain. Birds still present on 1st January 2022

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American Wigeon – a county first record on MCP Wetlands NR on 29th October. Photo by Steve Blain. This bird is currently still around the brick pits on 1st January 2022.

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in January 2022… electronic copy sent to members on 14th (if any member does not get copy pls contact editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk)

Articles include Bird News for October – December 2021, details of the three Zoom meetings for Jan, Feb and Mar 2022, notice of AGM, updates on Club activities, The Garden Bird Feeding Survey Summer 2021

Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2021/22 – starts 3rd October. 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

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.

Events − dates for your diary

NEXT TALK FROM OUR WINTER SEASON PROGRAM – ON ZOOM

Tuesday January 25th 2022 - The work of the Rare Birds Breeding Panel by Dr Mark Eaton. RBBP is a UK-wide panel of ornithologists responsible for the collation and curation of data and information on rare breeding bird species in the UK. RBBP is supported by JNCC, RSPB and BTO as well as having independent members representing the community of volunteer ornithologists who supply most of the data and information on rare breeding birds in the UK.

Dr Mark Eaton is a Principal Conservation Scientist in the Monitoring section of the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science. He is responsible for overseeing much of the RSPB’s involvement in monitoring of wildlife – through surveys, red-listing, indicators and ‘state of’ reporting – in the UK and internationally

Further dates for our Zoom meetings in 2022 are February 22nd, March 29th. We may have an extra talk put in to the program if the opportunity arises. For more details click on “Events Programme” on the left menu bar

What to look for in Bedfordshire

January

January is a month for searching out the scarcer or more elusive winter visitors, either for a new year-list or maybe just purely the pleasure of discovery and observation and having a reason to get outdoors during the potentially cold or gloomy month… 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.