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 November 2022 we have over 340 members.

How to join

Membership details and links for joining can be found at

Please also ensure you tick the Gift Aid box on the “Join us/Renew” form if you are eligible as that all helps

Benefits of membership

Members of the Bird Club receive the Bird Report. Joint members of the Bird Club and BNHS also receive The Bedfordshire Naturalist which covers taxa other than birds.

Members also receive a quarterly newsletter – The Hobby.

Indoor meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month from September to March and in 2021/22 season were presented on Zoom. 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.

Bird Club Rules

Membership enquiries

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

For enquiries, email, or write to: KATHRYN HINDLEY (BNHS Membership Secretary) email

Subscription rates

These are annual rates for 2023 – subscriptions are due on the 1st January each year:

  • Ordinary Membership                                  £19.00
  • Senior Citizen Membership                          £16.00
  • Corporate Membership                                £38.00
  • Ordinary Household                                     £26.00
  • Senior Household                                         £23.00
  • Student Membership (under 18)                    FREE
  • Student (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