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 for 2016/17. Details can also be downloaded using the pdf: Bird Club Winter Programme 2016/17 which also includes details of all outdoor meetings for the period from October 2016 to April 2017

Our Summer Programme 2017 is detailed below as well as available as pdf from the link

Need a lift? Contact Don Green (01582 867258) if lifts are required. Don can also help with any queries regarding the programme.

Outdoor Meetings 2017

SUNDAY 12th MARCH 2017

Day trip to Walberswick NN Reserve, Suffolk, for a variety of wintering and resident species.  Meet in car park off B1125, TM450726, at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

SUNDAY 2nd APRIL 2017

Morning visit to Marston Vale Millennium CP for early migrants and resident species.  Meet in car park, TL004417, at 8.00am.  Entrance fee £2.50 for non-permit holders.

Leader:  Bob Hook

SUNDAY 23rd APRIL 2017

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

Leader:  Jon Palmer

WEEKEND 29th APRIL – 1st MAY 2017

10X10 challenge.  Click here for details of how to join in the fun.

Organiser:  Steve Blain

SUNDAY 30th APRIL 2017

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.

Leader:  John Tomlin

SUNDAY 7th MAY 2017

Annual Dawn Chorus in Maulden Wood.  Meet in lay-by at top of Deadman’s Hill on A6, TL073394, at 4.15am.  Hot fried breakfast to follow at 7.00am, price £3.00.  Please order 7days in advance with John Adams on 01234 381532.

Leader:  Pete Marshall   

SUNDAY 14th MAY

Day trip to Wyre Forest, Worcestershire for summer migrant woodland birds.  Meet in car park on Dry Mill Lane, SO772763, at 9.00am.

Leader:  Kevin Sharpe

THURSDAY 25th MAY

Evening walk around Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, near St Neots, Cambs for breeding species especially Nightingales.  Meet in reserve car park, TL197629, Post Code PE19 6ET, at 7.00pm.

Leader:  Richard Bashford

SUNDAY11th JUNE

Day visit to Potteric Carr YWT Reserve, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, an exceptional wetland site for a good variety of species.  Admission charge applies unless any local Wildlife Trust membership card is presented.  Meet in reserve car park, SE589007, Post Code DN4 8DB, at 9.00am.

Leaders:  Carolyn and Malcolm Hawkes

SUNDAY 25th JUNE

Morning walk around RSPB Sandy Lodge Reserve for a variety of birds.  Meet in the gatehouse car park, TL191486, at 8.00am.

Leader:  Graham Goodall

SUNDAY 9th JULY

Day trip to Thursley Common NNR, Surrey, for heathland species plus some excellent dragonflies and butterflies.  Meet in reserve car park, SU900417, on B3001 south of Elstead village at 9.00am.  Joint meeting with BNHS.

Leader:  Pete Marshall

WEDNESDAY 9th AUGUST

Evening visit to Dunstable Sewage Treatment Works for a variety of wetland species.  Meet in Birdwatchers’ car park, off Thorn Road, TL004242, at 7.00pm.

Leader:  Rob Dazley, Hon Warden                                                                                                                  

SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER

Day trip to Dungeness area, Kent, for a good variety of passage migrants and seabirds.  Meet in the RSPB Burrows Pit Reserve car park, TR063196, at 9.00am.

Leader:  Paul Trodd

                                                             

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 Honorary Warden, Rob Dazley, call 07719 700512.

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 27th SEPTEMBER 2016

 ‘Amazing Birds’, by Chris Collins, freelance tour guide and photographer discusses some incredible facts from the avian world. 

TUESDAY 25th OCTOBER 2016

‘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.

TUESDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2016

‘Fighting for Birds’ by Dr Mark Avery.  Topical issues of the birding world addressed by our campaigner-in-chief, always interesting, often controversial.

TUESDAY 20th DECEMBER 2016

‘The Birding Year – 2016’ by Richard Bashford.  A review of the birds in Bedfordshire recorded on video by our own talented photographers with free seasonal refreshments plus raffle.

TUESDAY 31th JANUARY 2017

‘Saving Nature abroad – the RSPB’s international work’ by Dr Tim Stowe, Director International Operations.  A privileged insight into some of its vital projects around the globe.

TUESDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2017 starting at 7.45pm

Bird Club AGM followed by ‘Birding Israel’ by Mike Alibone, Northants Bird Recorder and optics guru.  A supreme avian hotspot and so accessible.

TUESDAY 28th MARCH 2017

‘Making your records count’ by Nick Moran, BTO, organiser of BirdTrack.  The system expounded and your questions answered.