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.
In line with recent changes to government advice and the beginning of the lifting of lockdown restrictions, the Bird Club no longer discourages the reporting of scarce or rare birds in the county, but we continue to advise all observers to exercise caution if travelling to see birds. Please abide by all regulations and instructions, and maintain social distancing for the foreseeable future to protect our members. We continue to discourage open publication of reports of breeding birds liable to any disturbance but request that records be shared with the bird recorder. In the event of a significant rarity on a national or regional basis, consideration may have to be made on the publication of details at the time if there is no opportunity for suitable viewing arrangements within current guidelines. Thank you, Updated 31st May 2020
Spotted Flycatcher by Andy Grimsey – please share all records of this now scarce breeding bird in the county
Hobby at The Lodge by Sean D’Arcy
*NEW* Bird Club Ringing Report 2018 published January 2020
THE HOBBY – our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in May 2020… electronic copy sent to members on 21st, unfortunately we have not been able to produce hardcopies yet fir this edition (if anyone does not get copy pls contact email@example.com)
Articles include Spring Bird News Mar – Apr 2020, as well as a mix of short articles including a note about the lockdown Bird Race of 2nd/3rd May
Lockdown bird race 2nd/3rd May – what was in our gardens and found on our permissive exercise (walk and cycle only – no driving from home) – species reported are listed HERE
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
Early July is still a good time to collect sightings of breeding activity for the county records with plenty of fledglings around and birds carrying food often for second broods. In terms of scarce breeding birds in the county, end of June and through July represents the optimum time for locating Quail. The distinctive call can be picked up especially in the evening and local birds seem to have a preference for barley fields, though wheat and other long grass crops may be favoured. Migrants are sparse through most of the month but some quality county rarities have turned up… 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.