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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juvenile Little Bittern at MVCP 20th August found by Steve Northwood – image by Neil Wright

Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove near Marston Thrift by Andy Grimsey *ALL RECORDS OF TURTLE DOVE PLEASE*

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Read the latest edition here

Articles include July/August Bird News, Programme Matters, BNHS Conference invite, Field trip report to Otmoor, Little Bittern in Bedfordshire, Launch of the Thames and Chiltern Bird Atlas, Canbridgeshire Bird Conference, Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2015/16  No.147 –  September 2016


*NEW* Bird Club Winter Programme 2016/2017


*NEW* Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey – Form for 2016/17 available from link.

This season the survey has been kindly sponsored by G&M Growers of Upper Caldecotte – Farm Shop and Bird Food


The Bedfordshire Bird Report 2014 – read about the latest bird report published December 2015. – updated link

Bedsbirds email group – keep up-to-date with the latest messages.

Bedsbirds blogspot – view the latest county bird photos. To create a little more excitement to inland county birding, keep an eye on the SFYL or self found year list blog.


Meetings − dates for your diary


Day visit to RSPB Cliffe Pools Reserve, Kent, for migrants and residents.  Meet in main car park at end of Salt Lane, TQ723760, at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

TUESDAY 25th OCTOBER 2016 – Indoor Meeting

‘Birdwatching in Italy’ and ‘The Work of LIPU, Birdlife partner in Italy’ by David Lingard, LIPU UK.  A country rich in bird life but suffering serious human persecution.

What to look for in Bedfordshire


October in Bedfordshire is a month characterised by the movement and arrival of our winter visitors. Observations of visible migration give a glimpse of this movement for those who find a suitable watch-point early morning and with favourable conditions, while overnight changes in the number of birds on our water bodies may also be notable. The month also offers the potential for a real county rarity, with a rare species list larger than other months of the year… more

What’s about at the moment and recent sightings

The first week of October has witnessed the arrivals of winter thrushes with good vismig counts following initial reports of a handful of individuals at the start of the month. A few Ring Ouzels have been noted amongst them. Elsewhere around the county a number of sites have seen passage Stonechats and some late Whinchats have been recorded over the weekend of 8th/9th. Unfortunately we have seen no reports yet of Yellow-browed Warblers which have arrived in record numbers on the eastern coasts this year and produced already eight records in neighboroughing Cambridgeshire.

At wetland sites, Broom hosted a Rock Pipit on 7th while in the brick pits, a Common Tern and a Marsh Harrier were recorded on the 8th. Few wader records other than arriving Snipe have been received though an  increase in duck numbers has been recognised at most suitable sites.

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.