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.

Winter Garden Bird Survey 2015/16

The Winter Garden Bird Survey will run 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.

Summer Garden Bird Survey 2015

The Summer Garden Bird Survey started on 8th March 2015

Thank you to everyone that is taking part in the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Summer Garden Bird Survey 2015.
The survey is coming to the end and I look forward to receiving the results forms from 4th October onwards until the end of the month. I hope that everyone that wished to take part was able to. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

The winter survey results will be in next annual report, due December 2015.
Although the Summer survey is coming to an end, if you do wish to start you will still be making a contribution. Birds are being recorded until the 3rd October which is the last day of the survey period.

To take part in the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Summer Garden Bird Survey 2015 click the link.

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 9th October, Cottenham Village College

‘The Lady of the Reeds’ – the rediscovery of pioneering bird photographer Emma Turner by James Parry

James is a writer and editor of books on art, history and wildlife and is researching the life and work of Emma Turner, the pioneering bird photographer. Turner developed her craft in the Norfolk Broads, where in 1911 she helped rediscover the bittern as a British breeding bird and took the earliest known images of species such as water rail and bearded tit at the nest. She became one of Britain's leading women ornithologists and was a vice-president of the Cambridge Bird Club. After decades of obscurity following her death in 1940, the recent discovery of some of her diaries and an archive containing original Turner images and correspondence has shed new light on her remarkable achievements.

Friday 13th November, St Johns Hall, Cambridge

Cuckoo – cheating by nature by Nick Davies

Nick Davies says his academic career has been an excuse to do lots of bird watching. He is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His cuckoo research has been featured as two BBC Radio 4 broadcasts and as a BBC Natural World Film, produced by Mike Birkhead and narrated by David Attenborough. His most recent book ‘Cuckoo - Cheating by Nature’ is published this spring by Bloomsbury. His talk will show how cuckoos across the world have evolved remarkable tricks to deceive and manipulate their hosts, and how field experiments are now uncovering a continuing evolutionary arms race as hosts evolve new defences and cuckoo, in turn, evolve novel trickery.

More information on 2015 Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites

AGM Papers 2015

2015 AGM agenda
2014 AGM minutes
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.

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.


Picture of the month for September
Treecreeper, Paxton Pits
1st September 2015 ©Phil Smith
Joy Dingley has made this months selection.

"There’s a very intimate feel about this photo. A Treecreeper stopped for a moment and allowed you into his private world. You can appreciate every subtlety of his plumage, the softness of his white breast, the delicacy of his crampon claws. The bird holds the two parts of the composition together, in the background the vague patterns of his leafy world; in the foreground the rugged crevices of the tree bark. In a moment he will find that bug and be off, for an instant the camera allows us to give him the attention he deserves."

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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