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

Waxwing – 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 blogspot – view the some of the latest county bird photos.

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 – Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Sunday 11th February 2024, 8.30 am – led by Richard Bashford

High St, Little Paxton, Saint Neots PE19 6ET (Grid ref: TL 1956 6292)

A morning walk to this reserve which has a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats. Meet in the car park at 8.30 am for 2-2.5 hours. The Visitor Centre should be open 11.00-15.00, has facilities and a range of snacks and drinks.

INDOOR MEETING – Tuesday 27th February at 7:45pm, Maulden Village HalL

AGM then Graham White. 20 years after LIFE – is the future of Bittern assured.

Graham White recently retired as Head of Reserves Ecology at the RSPB, has devoted his working life to wildlife conservation and natural history education. In the 1980s he played a key role in persuading the St Albans Sand and Gravel Company to create a nature reserve at Amwell. He devoted much of his spare time at Amwell digging ditches, ponds and working to create what has become one of Hertfordshire’s premier wetland habitats.

 

What to look for in Bedfordshire

February

February is the depth of winter for some species as food becomes scarcer and continuing cold weather puts a strain on survival for winter visitors and residents alike. The gradual increase in day length gives an indication of the spring to come and warmer days towards the end of the month will encourage a significant increase in bird song from many resident birds as they establish new territories. Some early nesters may already be on eggs at the end of the month. Cold weather spells will encourage more movement and new visitors to the county… 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.