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.

*UPDATED* THE BEDFORDSHIRE GREAT DUCK HUNT DEDICATED PAGE

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

 

pre-publication offer for new BNHS book, “Bedfordshire – our changing habitats and wildlife.” closes on 31st January – more details on link

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributed in December… electronic copy sent to members on 24th, hardcopies on 23rd (if anyone did not get copy pls contact editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk)

Articles include Sept/Oct/Nov 2019 Bird News, Programme Matters including update on the winter 2019/20 program and alert on the Christmas Bird Hunt and Duck Hunt, Ring-necked Duck in Bedfordshire; National Award for Broom GP restoration; results of the Garden Bird Feeding Survey Summer 2019 and a Goose Gallery.

 

*NEW* Notice of AGM and nomination form for committee 2020

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

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

Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey – started 6th October, recording form for download PDF   XLS

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

SATURDAY 11th and SUNDAY 12th JANUARY – THE BEDFORDSHIRE GREAT DUCK HUNT

Dedicated page – click HERE for more information and to get involved. Following previous years activity and coinciding with WEBS weekend, we try to count waterfowl on all bodies of water in the county, however small. All contributions welcome, please choose a site and let us know results through the form on the link.

TUESDAY 28th JANUARY – INDOOR MEETING

TV presenter Mike Dilger provides an insight into the creation of Argentina’s newest national park – Mar Chiquita, which plays host to all three species of South American Flamingo and thousands of migratory waterbirds.

SUNDAY 9th FEBRUARY – FIELD TRIP

A Day Trip to Abberton Reservoir and the Essex Marshes. Meet on the causeway at Layer Breton, Colchester, CO2 0PU (TL950167) at 9.00am. Looking for winter birds.

Leader: Kevin Sharpe

What to look for in Bedfordshire

January

January is a month for searching out the scarcer or more elusive winter visitors, either for a new year-list or maybe just purely the pleasure of discovery and observation and having a reason to get outdoors during the potentially cold or gloomy month.
Adverse weather conditions may encourage some interesting birds to take up temporary residence in the county with most focus from birders on the water bodies. A sheltered corner, even a local garden, may hold the biggest surprise though, as national rarities have been reported from neighbouring areas in recent winters… 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.