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.
The Bird Club strongly advises that you must not leave home in order to record birds. This is not a permitted reason to leave home and would be a breach of Government restrictions. Recording of birds seen at home, or when leaving home for permitted purposes (in line with current Government information), can continue. Please content yourself with recording species local to home and do not travel to see reported birds by other observers unless the advice changes. We will be discouraging the reporting of any scarce birds while they are present during this period. Thank you. Updated 26th April 2020
Hoopoe in Milton Bryan garden by Clare Francis
Wheatear at Pegsdon Hills by Andy Grimsey
*NEW* Bird Club Ringing Report 2018 published January 2020
Lockdown bird race 2nd/3rd May – what is in our gardens and found on our permissive exercise (walk and cycle only – no driving from home) – species reported are listed HERE
Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey – starts 8th March 2020, download on link
THE HOBBY – our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in March 2020… electronic copy sent to members on 3rd, hardcopies to send on 6th (if anyone does not get copy pls contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Articles include Winter Bird News Dec 2019-Feb 2020, Programme Matters, Report of East Norfolk Field Trip, Key Breeding Birds for Recording 2020, Report of the Records and Research Committee in 2019, Brief report of the Bird Club AGM, Accepted County Rarities in 2019 and update on BTO Surveys for 2020
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 2018 was published in January 2020 and distributed free to all Bird Club members at the start of February 2020, comprising 144 pages and in full colour throughout. More details on content and how to get a copy HERE
Meetings − dates for your diary
OUTDOOR MEETINGS – *CANCELLED*
unfortunately our program for the spring 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
May – stay home or walk locally but you might be lucky
May has proved over recent years to be a superb time for birding in Bedfordshire with the last summer visitors arriving and a fine array of scarce and rare visitors recorded. The long, warmer days and peak of bird song also ensure it is one of the most pleasurable months for spending time in the field. Birding time is split between the commitments of survey activity and the desire to continue the search for migrants, with waders and birds from the south and east being the main attractions… more
April – stay home or walk locally but you might be lucky
April is a very exciting time for birding in Bedfordshire as a trickle of summer visitors at the beginning of the month becomes a flood by the end of the month. New birds and year ticks are around every day and with birds on the move hastily returning to their breeding areas there are lots of opportunities to find a scarce or rare visitor, but records show that they generally do not hang around for long… more
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.