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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Alpine Swift at Broom East CWS on 5th July 2021 – photo by Steve Blain. Second county record after previous on 1st April 2006

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Arctic Tern at Broom East CWS 28th April 2021 – photo by Steve Blain

 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in July 2021… electronic copy sent to members on 26th (if anyone does not get copy pls contact editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk)

Articles include Bird News April – June 2021, Notes on House Martins in Bedfordshire, Golden Oriole records and report of The Garden Bird Feeding Survey Winter 20/21

Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey – started 7th March. Form for download, please click preferred format  PDF  XLS

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

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

For more info about membership please click the link

The Bird Report for 2019 was published in January 2021 and distributed free to all Bird Club members at the end of that month, comprising 136 pages and in full colour throughout and with a stunning photo by Mark Rayment of our Black-throated Thrush on the front. More details on content and how to get a copy HERE.

Meetings − dates for your diary

INDOOR MEETINGS – We have begun to finalise a winter program of talks  for the 2021/22 season which will remain on Zoom for the foreseeable future while concern remains about the on-going status of Covid infections and the requirements that we consider we would need to put in place to safeguard our members as part of our indoor meeting. We will continue to review the situation and listen to the thoughts of our members in this regard

OUTDOOR MEETINGS – Planning is in place for some outdoor meetings for the winter, focussing on some local sites in particular; more information on this will be shared through the website and email as appropriate

What to look for in Bedfordshire

September

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

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.