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.
We hope you enjoy your visit and come back soon.
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AGM Papers 2017
Cambridgeshire Bird Reports
Almost all of the annual Cambridgeshire Bird Reports are now available and can be downloaded from the Reports page. The very first published Report (1927) has now been added. Reports 2001 to 2008 are being prepared for uploading.
Turtle Dove Survey
In an attempt to carry out an ‘audit’ of the county's remaining breeding Turtle Doves (and assess the feasibility of a more formal survey in 2017) we are trying to collate all county records of the species in 2016. Please visit the Research page for further details on the project and how to get involved.
Garden Bird Surveys
The Cambridgeshire Bird Club garden bird surveys have been carried out for two full years. I would like to extend a big thank you to all of you that have taken part in the surveys during that time. A large database has been built up and it records how birds make use of gardens in the county. I plan to write a full summary for the club once all the records are in.
Sadly there have been increasingly fewer people taking part in the surveys and after taking advice I have decided that it would be best to take a break. It has been suggested that it is run on a five year cycle. This would mean restarting the survey in October 2019. I hope that if you have taken part in these surveys you may like to take part in other surveys that take place in the county. They are advertised on the website or in the club newsletters.
The results of the Winter Garden Bird Survey 2014/15 are available in the Club's 2014 Annual Report.
Next indoor meetings:
Friday 10th February, St Johns Hall, Cambridge
Looking for the Goshawk – the Lost Raptor by Conor Jameson
I wrote Looking for the Goshawk because I was seeking answers to questions, prompted by an unexpected encounter. I thought I knew this bird, but this incident with the Goshawk challenged me. My mind raced with questions.
Why was I so drawn to this animal?
Why has it been less celebrated by conservationists than other, no more nor less charismatic species?...more
Friday 10th March, St Johns Hall, Cambridge
Annual General Meeting followed by
Pineapple Peril for Palearctic migrants & African forest species by Ann Scott
The story of an African reserve set up in memory of Bob Scott to help overcome some of the problems facing trans-Sahara migrant birds.
Bob Scott worked for the RSPB for many years and, after his retirement, was chairman of Cambridgeshire Bird Club from 1999 to 2004...more
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 www.britishbirds.co.uk 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.