Programme of Events

The Bird Club organises a series of outdoor meetings and events throughout the year, and indoor meetings from September to March.

Scroll down to see full details of the Indoor Meetings and Outdoor meetings for 2017/18. 

Details can also be downloaded using the pdf: Bird Club Winter Programme 2017/18 which includes details as below covering all meetings for the period from October 2017 to April 2018

Need a lift? Contact Kevin Sharpe (07827 440394) if lifts are required or with any queries regarding the outdoor programme

Outdoor Meetings 2017/18

SUNDAY 8th OCTOBER

Wells Woods & North Norfolk coast for autumn migrating birds. Meet in the Beach Rd car park, NR23 1DR (TF914454), at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

SUNDAY 12th NOVEMBER

Willow Tree Fen & Deepings Lakes plus Deeping High Banks, Lincs WT, for wintering wildfowl.  Meet in car park of Counter Drain Drove, PE11 3JH (TF181213), at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

SUNDAY 3rd DECEMBER

Morning walk round East Beds area for wintering species.  Park and meet at Henlow Bridge Lakes, (TL188379), at 8.30am.

Leader:  Greg Nunn

CHRISTMAS DAY to NEW YEAR’S EVE

The Great Christmas Bird Hunt.  See Bird Club website for details.

Organiser:  Andy Banthorpe

SUNDAY 14th JANUARY

Rutland Water, Leicestershire, for wintering wildfowl.  Meet in the Egleton Reserve car park, LE15 8BT (SK878073), at 9.00am.

Leader:  Sheila Alliez

WEEKEND 20th/21st JANUARY

The Great Duck Hunt, our annual countywide census of wildfowl.  See Bird Club website for details.

Organiser:  Steve Blain

SUNDAY 11th FEBRUARY

Titchwell in the morning;  afternoon at Snettisham RSPB, for wintering birds and high tide wader roost.

Meet in Titchwell car park, PE31 8BB (TF750438), at 9.00am.

Leader:  Peter Soper

SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY

A morning walk to Harrold-Odell CP for local wildfowl.  Meet in the car park on Carlton Road, Harrold, MK43 7DS (SP957567), at 8.30am.

Leader:  Richard Bashford

SUNDAY 11th MARCH

Rye Harbour & Pett Levels, E. Sussex for early spring and late winter migrants.  Meet in car park on Rye Harbour Rd, TN31 7TX (TQ942189), at 9.00am.

Leader:  Carolyn & Malcolm Hawkes

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL

Morning walk over Pegsdon Hills for spring migrants.  Park and meet in car park of Live and Let Live Inn, Pegsdon, (TL121303), at 8.00am.  Finish around 11.00am.

Leader:  Jon Palmer

SUNDAY 29th APRIL

Early morning birding around Broom Gravel Pits for spring migrants.  Park and meet at end of Kings Road, off High Street, Broom, (TL172433), at 7.00am.  Finish by 12.00 noon.

Leader:  Stefan Baltruschat

SUNDAY 13th MAY

Minsmere RSPB, Suffolk, for summer marsh and reedbed breeding birds.  Meet in reserve car park, (TM472672), at 9.00am.

Leader:  Pete Marshall

All meetings are suitable for beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike.

All meetings are suitable for beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike.

Dunstable Sewage Treatment Works will be open to all members on the first Sunday of each month between 8.00 am and noon except for November to February inclusive when it will open at 9.00 am.
Park in Birdwatchers’ car park inside the main gate off Thorn Road TL003243.
To contact the Leader of the Warden Team, Mike Jones, call 01525 874525

East Hyde Wader Scrape To contact the Honorary Warden, Allan Cutts, call 01582 412135 or email allan@cutts6.freeserve.co.uk.

Indoor Venue

All indoor meetings are held in Maulden Village Hall at the junction of Ampthill and Flitwick Road, Maulden MK45 2DN (TL 049381), commencing at 8.00pm sharp (except the AGM which starts at 7.45pm). Doors open 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

Visitors and non-members are always welcome!

Indoor Meetings 2016/2017

TUESDAY 26th  SEPTEMBER 2017

To celebrate the Club’s 25th Anniversary we present ‘Birds of Prey’ by Iolo Williams.  Admission by ticket only.

TUESDAY 31st OCTOBER 2017

‘The Complete Owl’ by Dr Michael Leach, Professional wildlife photographer, revealing the life of our resident British Owls including dramatic high-speed in flight photography.

TUESDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2017

‘Swifts – the one bird we can all help’ by Edward Mayer, Swift Conservation. Following his last visit in 2007, Edward will update us on the latest ways we can help this iconic species.

TUESDAY 19th DECEMBER 2017

‘The Birding Year – 2017’ by Richard Bashford.  A review of the birds recorded in Bedfordshire on video by our own photographers.  DVDs will be available to purchase but seasonal refreshments will be free.

TUESDAY 30th JANUARY 2018                                                                                             

‘The Magic of Spurn’ by Lizzie Bruce, FSBO Committee Member. Find out why Spurn Bird Observatory claims to be the UK’s mainland migration hotspot.

TUESDAY 27th FEBRUARY 2018 starting at 7.45pm

Bird Club AGM followed by ‘The IUCN Red List of Birds’ by Dr Ian Burfield, Global Science Coordinator, Birdlife International.

TUESDAY 27th MARCH 2018

‘Reclaiming South Georgia’ by Prof Tony Martin, Team Leader of the 6 year programme to eradicate rats on this UK Overseas Territory.