The Bedfordshire Bird Club was founded in 1992 by birdwatchers, from both inside and outside the Bedfordshire Natural History Society (BNHS) to cater for their specialist needs. Its main functions are to record and document the avifauna within the County and to provide a forum for local birdwatchers.

As of December 2017 we have 283 members.

Details of the documents that support the operations of the BNHS including the Rules of the Society and the Privacy Policy which all apply to the bird club can be found on the website – BNHS Documents

Benefits of membership

Members of the Bird Club receive part 2 of the Bedfordshire Natural History Society’s journal – The Bedfordshire Naturalist (along with programmes of indoor and outdoor meetings) Part 2 is known as the Bird Report. Joint members of the Bird Club and BNHS also receive Part 1 which covers taxa other than birds.

Members also receive a bi-monthly newsletter – The Hobby.

Indoor meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month from September to March at Maulden Village Hall. Field meetings are equally spread between venues with a bird interest within the county and much further afield.

The Club has a very active core of its membership, participating in both locally and nationally organised surveys.

How to join

You can print an Application Form (PDF), fill it out and post it, with a cheque, to the address below. This form should also be used for membership renewals for 2019.

Please also ensure you have completed the Gift Aid form if you are eligible as that all helps

For further enquiries, email, or write to:

MARY SHERIDAN (BNHS Membership Secretary)
28 Chestnut Hill, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2TR
Tel: 01525 378245

Subscription rates

These are annual rates for 2019 – subscriptions are due on the 1st January each year:

  • Ordinary Membership
  • £19.00
  • Senior Citizen Membership
  • £13.00
  • Associate Membership
  • £7.00
  • Corporate Membership
  • £38.00
  • Student Membership (under 18)
  • FREE
  • Student Membership (over 18 – full time)
  • £8.00
  • Additional charge per person for joint membership of the Bird Club and the Bedfordshire Natural History Society
  • £6.00