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.

Blackthroated Thrush

Black-throated Thrush at Whipsnade Zoo by Steve Blain

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Great Grey Shrike at Brogborough Hill by Sean D-Arcy

Bedfordshire – our changing habitats and wildlife”   – a new book now published from BNHS – more details on the link and also printable Order Form

*NEW* Bird Club Ringing Report 2018 published January 2020

Subscription renewal form for 2020 (also for new members !)

*NEW* Bird Club Summer Programme 2020 fourteen field events included!  Download pdf on link or visit the Events Programme page

*NEW* 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 editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk)

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


Dr Michael Brooke – Far from land. The mysterious lives of seabirds.


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


March sees the change of the season in the county as bird song begins in earnest and the first summer visiting species start to appear. This is a good month for finding some scarce species as they pass through the county or become less elusive as they begin breeding activity… 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

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.