Cambridgeshire Bird Club

Welcome to our website

The Cambridgeshire Bird Club promotes the study, recording and conservation of birds in Cambridgeshire and encourages a wider interest in natural history and the protection of county wildlife habitats.

We record the County's birds in our Annual Report, so we need your records. We have a stunning Gallery, so we need your photos, and we have a video blog where you add your bird recordings. We do research, we have indoor and outdoor meetings, and we keep you informed with our regular print and online Bulletins. And have a look at our Facebook page.

You can see What's About? and we urge you to report interesting, sensitive or confidential sightings to the County Recorder.

We hope you enjoy your visit and come back soon.

Please vote for the Photo of the Year 2015

Click here to vote in the competition

Cambridgeshire Bird Reports

Copies of previous bird reports are now available from the report page.

Research page update

The Research page has been updated and includes sketches of the Cranes we are asking members to report if seen.

Winter Garden Bird Survey 2015/16

The Winter Garden Bird Survey runs between 4th October 2015 and 5th March 2016

To take part in the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Winter Garden Bird Survey 2015/16 click the link.

The results of the Winter Garden Bird Survey 2014/15 will be presented in the next annual report.

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 12th February, St Johns Hall, Cambridge

Birds’ Interactions with the Landscape: BTO research at global and local scales by Andy Clements

Monitoring UK's birds relies on the observations of thousands of volunteer birders and BTO's analysis and interpretation of that data. In addition, our research on the distribution, abundance and migration of birds enables us to tell captivating stories that deepens the public's understanding of wildlife and conservation.
Andy Clements has been Director of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) since summer 2007.

Friday 11th March, St Johns Hall, Cambridge

Annual General Meeting followed by
Bird conservation in Nepal
by Carol Inskipp

Carol’s talk will briefly introduce us to the high diversity of Nepal’s birds (878 species) and their main habitats; conservation measures including protected areas, community forests , initiatives to improve livelihoods of local people living near protected areas; the Nepal national bird Red Data Book and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas of Nepal ,and the contribution that visitors can make to conservation of Nepal’s birds. She will also talk about the impact of the 2015 earthquakes on Nepal’s people and environment.
Carol Inskipp has visited Nepal many times and has written several books on Nepal’s birds and bird conservation. She is currently co-authoring the Nepal Bird Red Data Book and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas of Nepal.
At this meeting you will be invited to make a donation to a small charity that Carol is supporting: ‘Go School Initiative’ which is funding materials for temporary schools in one of the areas the worst hit by the 2015 earthquakes.

More information on 2016 Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites

AGM Papers 2015

2015 AGM minutes
2015 EGM minutes
2016 AGM agenda
The Cambridgeshire Bird Club financial statement for 2014 can be found here

A copy of the Chairman's report for 2013 can be found here
A copy of the Chairman's report for 2014 can be found here


The Club Bulletin is distributed to members six times a year in February, April, June, August, October and December. It contains a summary of recent reports, topical short articles and items of Club news. If you wish to receive our bulletins then you need to join us.
The Bulletin can either be mailed in paper form to members, or sent as a PDF email attachment. In addition, a more immediate monthly e-Bulletin with more detailed information and additional illustrations and photographs is distributed monthly, exclusively by email.
Members who wish to receive e-Bulletins (and / or their Bulletins by email) should provide their email details to the Editors, Peter Bircham & Chris Brown , who are always pleased to receive articles, papers and illustrative artwork for publication. If you would like to send in your records for inclusion in the bulletin summaries then see here.
Back-issues of Bulletins and e-Bulletins are available here.

British Birds magazine- free monthly newsletter

Many members of the CBC will already be subscribers to British Birds or may have taken up trial offers available recently. Whether you subscribe or not, however, you may like to receive their free e-newsletter every month. This offers a flavour of what has been published recently and what is in the pipeline in areas such as book of the month, news and comment, the rarities section and further special offers.
This is a new initiative from one of Britain’s leading birding publication. It covers the UK and Western Palearctic and has been the birdwatchers’ journal of record since 1907. It is read and recommended by many well known amateur and professional ornithologists, writers and photographers with Simon King stating that “British Birds is the gold standard of ornithological literature in the UK”.
To receive the newsletters, just log on to and complete the sign up form at the bottom of the page. Give it a try!

Cambirds and Peterbirder

Cambirds is an unmoderated discussion group on Cambridgeshire birds and birding which is independent of the Cambridgeshire Bird Club. You do not need to be a member of the Club to participate in this forum, but you will need a Google account.

Peterbirder is a Yahoo-based discussion group for birdwatching, bird sightings and ornithology in Peterborough and the surrounding area. The group also welcomes discussion of all other wildlife in the Peterborough area. Peterbirder is not a part of Peterborough Bird Club.

Kestrel and Short-eared Owl

Picture of the month for January
Short-eared Owl, Burwell Fen
20th January 2016 ©Geoff Harries
Chris Brown has made this month's selection.

"For me, January’s photos demonstrated a diversity of birdlife and of approaches to bird photography. I loved the portrait shots of Slavonian Grebe and female Goldeneye with beads of water on their plumage, and Roger Cresswell’s pin sharp Drake Pintail (#2) at Wicken. The portraits of the two Serins at Fen Drayton were also strong candidates. Again this month there were instructive shots of gulls, inviting us to look more closely at this family; James Hanlon’s excellent comparative shot of a Yellow-legged and a Caspian Gull together stood out amongst these. But for the sheer surprise element, I have to go for Geoff Harries’ series of a Kestrel robbing a Short Eared Owl of its prey; the second shot of 3 is little short of breath-taking, with the subjects caught against the light and in dramatic action – a rare moment. "

See all the pictures in the Gallery here

Previous Pictures of the Month can be seen here
Black-necked Grebe

CBC photograph of the year, 2014:
Black-necked Grebes ©Garth Peacock
The Club's congratulations go to Garth.


CBC photograph of the year 2014, 1st runner-up:
Skylark ©Garth Peacock

Spotted Flycatcher

CBC photograph of the year 2014, 2nd runner-up:
Spotted Flycatcher ©Simon Stirrup

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