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.

Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove at Marston Thrift by Andy Grimsey – please help us by sharing records of all birds seen this year


Nightingale at Stewartby by Sean D’Arcy – a minimum of eight birds are singing around the brick pits this year. 

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in July… with electronic copy sent to members on 19th July

Articles include May/June 2019 Bird News, Programme Matters including news on the winter 2019/20 program, reports from recent Bird Club field trip and results and analysis from the Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2018/19.

Membership Application Form for new members can be downloaded here


Swift Survey continues 2019 form can be downloaded here


Program for Summer season 2019 available for download: Bird Club Summer Programme 2019 includes details of our program of ten field meetings from April to October 2019

*NEW* Bird Club Winter Programme 2019-2020 – seven indoor meetings and fourteen field events included!  Download pdf on link or visit the Events Programme page


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


Open Evening at Dunstable STW Nature Reserve. Park and meet in the Birdwatchers car park inside the main gate off Thorn Road (TL003243) at 7.00 pm. (BNHS Joint Meeting)

Leader:  Pete Marshall

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.

Later in July sees the beginning of autumn wader passage…  more

What’s about at the moment and recent reports

Few reports being received with the breeding season well underway, though first returning waders included Curlew Sandpipers at Grovebury and Chimney Corner North on 7th July, when both sites also held a small group of Black-tailed Godwits (nine and seven respectively). Other records have included returning Greenshank and Common Sandpiper.

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.