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.

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Red-necked Grebe at Priory CP by Steve Blain

Spotted Flycatcher Pegsdon 9th Sep 17

Spotted Flycatcher at Pegsdon Hills by Andy Grimsey

Focus On Spotted Flycatcher – as published in Bird reports from 2002 and 2003 by Richard Bashford

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition uploaded on 17th May…

Articles include March/April 2018 Bird News, Programme Matters and Upcoming Events, Birdtrack setup, Summer migrant arrivals, Swift Survey, Rookeries, Accepted County Rarities, notes on Spotted Flycatcher.

Read it here (No.157) – May 2018


Swift Survey 2018, please download the 2018 Swift Survey Form and see the dedicated page here

Program for Summer season 2018 can be downloaded as pdf:  Bird Club Summer Programme 2018


Updated Page on Rookeries Survey by Roger Hicks

The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2016 – read about the latest bird report published December 2017

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

Meetings − dates for your diary


Day trip to Wyre Forest, Worcestershire for summer breeding woodland birds. Meet in car park on Dry Mill Lane, Bewdley, DY12 2LT, (SO772763), at 9.00am.

Leader: Kevin Sharpe

*NEW* Full Bird Club Summer Programme 2018  available for download


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 sightings

Best sighting was a county-first Common Rosefinch in Dunstable but unfortunately this was seen on one day only and was not available to be seen by the county’s birders.

A nice selection of waders were seen towards the end of May, with most records from Grovebury Sand Pit including up to nine Sanderlings and a Little Stint. Migrant Ringed Plovers were also recorded there as well as at other suitable sites in the county. Most of these birds did not linger long; nor did Black Terns which were seen at Radwell, Southill Lake, Grovebury, Stewartby Lake and Broom.

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.