Cambridgeshire Bird Club

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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.

One Day Conference - MIGRATION

Saturday November 3rd at Cottenham Village College.

A whole day learning about migration, how we observe it visually and by sound recording, the role of bird observatories, and case studies revealing the migration routes of birds which use Cambridgeshire as either a summer or a winter base, and how new technology has helped reveal this knowledge.
£25 for the day, booking form available HERE or via Vicki Harley.

Grey Wagtail Survey 2018 - Reminder

You may recall, (hopefully, a good few of you do!) that our research programme for 2018 included a survey of Grey Wagtails. The first phase of this comes to a close on 1/9/18. If you have been collecting data could you send your results to I would be grateful if I could receive these by 8th October 2018.
The initial results have proved to be very thought provoking, especially with regards the relationship between Homo sapiens and Wagtails. More of that anon.
Could you also note that this is just the first, intensive, phase of the survey? We are also interested in the winter distribution of the species. So if you see a Grey Wagtail between 1/9/18 and 31/3/19 could you record it at the above web site?
Many thanks to all those who have taken part so far. But not too many thanks because I’m sure you enjoyed observing this superb little bird. I was watching an absolutely beautiful male collecting food for a second brood when England were playing Sweden in some recent football match. There was a lot of squawking from the village nearby – Maguire had scored – but hey that can wait for the i-player – I had the best of it.

Raptor Survey 22nd or 23rd September 2018

Over the past couple of years we have carried out a biennial raptor survey. This is giving us a better idea of the changing status of these birds in our county. It’s a relatively simple and hopefully enjoyable task. Pick a promising site. Just about anywhere will do and look out for raptors for a period of one hour. Try to do this in the late morning to the mid afternoon. This is when many raptors are at their most active and most visible, especially those species that soar.
If you see a Raptor could you note the

  • Species, number and if possible gender
  • The location, ideally with a six figure Ordnance grid reference
  • The nature of the location – “urban”, “woodland”, “marsh” etc
  • What the bird(s) were doing – hunting, on passage etc.
  • The time of day and weather conditions.

Don’t be concerned if you cannot answer all the points above. Each observation adds to the snapshot. Send your results to Hopefully, we will be able to repeat this survey in the years to come thereby producing trend data of even value than a one off. And especial thanks to those of you who have contributed in the past.

Spotted Flycatchers in 2018

We will continue this project for its third season into 2018. Cambridgeshire (with Devon) has been piloting ground-breaking geolocator research with the BTO and this will also continue.

Quite simply, we need EVERY record of SpotFlys in the county, from arrival in mid-May until departure.

Records please as usual to the database and to BirdTrack, or email

To see what we found in 2016 check out This page will be updated for the 2017 season at some stage...

Next indoor meetings:

Cottenham Village College

14th Sept: Counting wintering waterbirds – the UK’s Wetland Bird Survey by Teresa Frost

12th Oct: Life in a world full of predators : saving the UK’s black-tailed godwits by Jen Smart

More information on Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites


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 , 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.

Have you seen colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit?

The RSPB's Project Godwit has been colour-ringing Black-tailed Godwits, and would welcome any sightings.

More at Project Godwit

Bird Rescue

If you find an injured bird that may have a chance of rehabilitation please contact Chris Percival on 01223 860933. If there is no answerphone switched on, she is away and alternative arrangements will need to be made such as the RSPCA or a local vet.

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.

British Birds magazine- free monthly newsletter

This is an initiative from Britain’s leading birding publication.

More at


Picture of the month for October
Fieldfare, Wicken Fen
29th October 2018 ©David Ball
Joy Dingley made this month's selection.

"If any birds spell the imminent arrival of winter it's the Fieldfare. Noisy, patchwork plumaged birds they are unmissable and cheer the heart in the depths of winter's grey days. Yet they arrive as the seasons are turning, when berries shine in the blue skies and we'd like to bottle the days like sloe gin for future use. This photo so perfectly combines the bird in the habitat we recognise so well, how strange then the Scandinavians consider it the harbinger of spring."

See all the pictures in the Gallery here

Previous Pictures of the Month can be seen here
Grey Partridge
CBC photograph of the year, 2017:
Grey Partridge©Gary Thornton
The Club's congratulations go to Gary.

CBC photograph of the year 2017, 1st runner-up:
Hawfinch ©Geoff Harries

Spotted Flycatcher
CBC photograph of the year 2017, 2nd runner-up:
Spotted Flycatcher ©Nigel Sprowell

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