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.

WINTER MEETING PROGRAMME – PDF for download  Details of Seven Indoor Meeting and Zoom talks and a selection of field trips planned through the winter and next Spring 2024

For more info about membership please click the link

Wheatear at Pegsdon Hills NR – photo by Andy Grimsey

THE HOBBY –  our club magazine. Latest edition distributing in January 2024… electronic copy sent to members on 21st (if there are any members who have not received a copy, please contact editor@bedsbirdclub.org.uk)

Articles include Bird News for October – December 2023, notes on club activities and upcoming program, colour ringing and a write-up of the Garden Bird Feeding Survey for Summer 2023

*NEW* Summer Garden Bird Feeding Survey 2024 – starts on Sunday March 3rd. Form for download, please click preferred format PDF XLS

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

Bedsbirds Flickr page – lots more photos here, both common and scarce species

The Bird Report for 2020 was published in February 2022 comprising 136 pages and in full colour throughout and with a stunning photo by Steve Blain of a Marsh Warbler on the front. More details on content and how to get a copy HERE. Bird Report 2021 is now in final stages of edit for publication in Spring 2024 with work on the 2022 report to begin shortly after

Events − dates for your diary

BIRD CLUB OUTDOOR MEETING – Pegsdon Hills Nature Reserve, Wildlife Trust BCN, Sunday 14th April, meet 8.00 am, led by Jon Palmer for a  2-3 miles’ walk with steep hills and narrow uneven tracks to look for spring passage migrants.

Please park considerately on the roads in the village or in nearby lay-bys. We will meet in the vicinity of the carpark of The View then Jon will lead us across the road to enter the reserve. Location details for the carpark: SG5 3JX OS Grid ref: TL 1211 3027

BIRD CLUB OUTDOOR MEETING – Blows DownsSaturday 20th April, meet 9:00am, led by Rob Dazley. A 3 hour walk of about 2.5 miles. This is an ADDITION to our previously published programme.

We will meet at the ramp leading off the roundabout which form the junction between Hatters Way and Skimpot Road. Grid ref: TL04482212 W3W: ///move.human.tend  Postcode: LU5 4GZ. There is roadside parking for four cars with room for a dozen plus more off the roundabout on Skimpot Lane (first exit).

The total circuit is about 2.5miles but people are totally at liberty to break off and head back to the start point if time becomes an issue. The surface is grass with occasional muddy bits where the cows puddle the paths but such spots are easily avoided.

What to look for in Bedfordshire

April

April is a very exciting time for birding in Bedfordshire as a trickle of summer visitors at the beginning of the month becomes a flood by the end of the month. New birds and year ticks are around every day and with birds on the move hastily returning to their breeding areas there are lots of opportunities to find a scarce or rare visitor, but records show that they generally do not hang around for long… more

Latest sightings

Members and local birders share news through the email group highlighted above, and increasingly through whatsapp.

News from these groups does make its way promptly on to the national rare bird alert services and anything of suitable interest will be publicised by them, The hashtag #rbnBDF on X (formerly Twitter) is no longer frequently used but will still attract occasional post.