The Hobby

The Hobby is our bi-monthly newsletter which was first published in May 1992 at the inception of the Bird Club.  Copies of the bulletin back to July 2001 (Issue 56) when digitisation began will be added to this page in time, followed by older issues when available. Currently listed below are copies back to start of 2014.

The editors are always on the lookout for articles. Topics vary widely and are written by ‘beginners’ to ‘experts’ alike, so if you feel you could contribute something that would interest Bedfordshire birders then please do contact the club at the address below.

Andy Grimsey (Hon. Bulletin Editor)
Email: editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk

Latest edition of The Hobby 152 – published July 2017

Articles include May/Jun 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters,  Report of the Winter 2016/17 Garden Bird Feeding Survey

The Hobby 151 – published May 2017

Articles include Mar/Apr 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters,  BTO House Martin and Swift Survey information, Report of the Rarities Committee, Little Bunting in Bedfordshire

The Hobby 150 – published March 2017

Articles include Jan/Feb 2017 Bird News, Programme Matters,  Report of the AGM, Research Committee Report, Club visit to East Norfolk, Bedfordshire Rookeries, Report of the Rarities Committee, BTO House Martin Survey 2017

The Hobby 149 – published January 2017

Articles include Nov/Dec 2016 Bird News, Programme Matters,  The Garden Bird Feeding Survey Summer 2016, Siskins in Gardens, 2017 Survey – Waterways Breeding Birds, , Marston Vale Country Park News, Velvet Scoters in Bedfordshire

The Hobby 148 – published November 2016

Articles include September/October Bird News, Programme Matters, BTO Breeding Codes, Notes on Blackbird Re-using Nest and Rook Behaviour, Filling in some gaps – Richard Bashford’s tale of US birding, Request for Support with Bird Club Publications

The Hobby 147 – published September 2016

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, Cambridgeshire Bird Conference, Winter Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2015/16

The Hobby 146 – published July 2016

Articles include May/June Bird News, Programme Matters, BNHS Conference invite, Field trip report to Breckland, Species Confidentiality Policy and Wildlife Site Bird Criteria Documents, 2016 Surveys, Discussion on “Armchair Ticking”

The Hobby 145 – published May 2016

Articles include Mar/Apr 2016 Bird News, Programme Matters,  The Work or the Records and Research Committee, Definition of Rare Breeding Birds in Bedfordshire,  Report of the Rarities Committee, 2016 Surveys – Rooks, Swifts and House Martins

The Hobby 144 – published March 2016

Articles include Jan/Feb 2016 Bird News, Programme Matters,  The Garden Bird Feeding Survey Summer 2015, Report of the Rarities Committee, 2016 Surveys – Rooks and House Martins

The Hobby 143 – published January 2016

Articles include Nov/Dec 2015 Bird News, Programme Matters, Bird Club Trip Report to Freiston Shore and Frampton Marsh, The Great Duck Hunt 2015, A Cold Winter Remembered (1985), Fascinating Facts about Blue Tits, Notes on Cetti’s Warbler Song.

The Hobby 142 – published November 2015

Articles include Sep/Oct 2015 Bird News, Programme Matters, Bird Club Trip Report to Landguard BO and Trimley Marshes, BTO Goldfinch Survey, Wild Swans in Bedfordshire (Bewicks and Whoopers), Bufflehead at Priory CP

The Hobby 141 – published September 2015

Articles include July/August 2015 Bird News, Programme Matters, Garden Bird Feeding Survey Winter 14/15, Invitation to Evening at NHM Tring, Dunstable STW Nest Box Report

The Hobby 140 – published July 2015

Articles include May/June 2015 Bird News, Programme Matters, Club Visit to Minsmere, Red-necked Phalarope at Broom, Bedfordshire Starling Project, Gypsy Lane Restoration, Thurleigh Airfield

The Hobby 139 – published May 2015

Articles include Mar/Apr 2015 Bird News, White-winged Black Tern at Broom GP, Report of Rarities Committee, Identification of Important Bird Areas

The Hobby 138 – published March 2015

Articles include Jan/Feb 2015 Bird News, Summary of Bedfordshire Rookeries 2014, 40 Years Ago – A retrospective review of the 1975 Bird Report, Are our Spring Migrants Arriving Earlier ?

The Hobby 137 – published January 2015

Articles include Nov/Dec 2014 Bird News, Penduline Tits in Bedfordshire, The Garden Bird Feeding Survey Summer 2014, The Red List of Breeding Birds in Bedfordshire

The Hobby 136 – published November 2014

Articles include Sept/Oct 2014 Bird News, Lesser Grey Shrike in Bedfordshire, Diver species in Bedfordshire, Nest Box Recording at Dunstable STW

The Hobby 135 – published September 2014

Articles include Jul/Aug 2014 Bird News

The Hobby 134 – published July 2014

Articles include May/Jun 2014 Bird News

The Hobby 133 – published May 2014

Articles include Mar/Apr 2014 Bird News

The Hobby 132 – published March 2014

Articles include Jan/Feb 2014 Bird News

The Hobby 131 – published January 2014

Articles include Nov/Dec 2013 Bird News

 

The document format from issue 88 (Nov. 2006) onwards is PDF which include drawings and photographs, therefore file size will be considerably larger, typically 2 to 8MB.

The editors are always on the lookout for articles. Topics vary widely and are written by ‘beginners’ to ‘experts’ alike, so if you feel you could contribute something that would interest Bedfordshire birders then please do contact the club at the address below.

Andy Grimsey (Hon. Bulletin Editor)
61 Wychwood Avenue, Luton LU2 7HT
Tel: 07402 429312
Email: editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk

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