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.

Spotted Flycatcher Pegsdon 9th Sep 17

Spotted Flycatcher – a poor year for breeding birds in the county but a few turning up as migrants – this one at Pegsdon on 9th Sept – photo Andy Grimsey

 Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove Biggleswade (not this year unfortunately) – image Steve Blain – all records please

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition uploaded on 16th September… *NEW*

Articles include July/August 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters and Upcoming Events, How to add photos in Birdtrack, Is Bedfordshire that much different to Minsmere?, The Turtle Dove Jigsaw, Cattle Egret – new to Bedfordshire, Report on Accepted Rarities Jan-Mar 2017                                         Read it here (No.153) – September 2017


*NEW* The Winter Garden Bird Feeding Surveystarts 1st October. Download form HERE


The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2015 – read about the latest bird report published December 2016

Roger Hicks Rookeries Survey. Roger’s county surveys since 2013 can be seen here and for wider coverage on his new dedicated site at www.rookeries.uk

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.


*NEW* Notice of Special General Meeting of the Bird Club 31st October 2017 – more details here

Meetings − dates for your diary


Bedfordshire Bird Club’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

                  A talk by Mr Iolo Williams on Birds of Prey

Maulden Village Hall on Tuesday 26th September 2017 starting at 8.00pm, doors open 7.15pm. Admission by ticket only, price £5.00 for paid-up Bird Club/BNHS  members, £8.00 for non-members. To apply for tickets please send your cheque, payable to BNHS to: Don Green, Red Cow Farm Cottage, Bidwell, Dunstable, LU5 6JP, together with a postage stamp and your address. Envelope supplied.


Wells Woods & North Norfolk coast for autumn migrating birds. Meet in the Beach Rd car park, NR23 1DR (TF914454), at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe


‘The Complete Owl’ by Dr Michael Leach, Professional wildlife photographer, revealing the life of our resident British Owls including dramatic high-speed in flight photography.

This meeting will be preceded by a Special General Meeting of the Bird Club – more details here

What to look for in Bedfordshire


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

Wader migrant movements in late August and early September so far have consisted primarily of reports of Common Sandpipers, a handful of Greenshanks and Dunlin. Two reports in August of Great White Egret demonstrate their increasing frequency but none have yet lingered while a Cattle Egret at Harrold for two days on 23rd/24th August was only the second record for the county. On the hills, a few Redstarts have been noted and returning Spotted Flycatchers and Whinchats are being found across the county.

We welcome last reports of our summer migrants now that some like our Swifts have  sadly all but departed until next April. Please ensure all records or scarce and rare breeders that have been located this year are noted and shared with the County Recorder either directly or through Birdtrack noting breeding code information as applicable.

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.