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.


*Cambridgeshire Bird Club Conference 2014*

Woodland birds: Habitats, Species and Conservation
Saturday 27th September 2014
09:30–17:00 at Cottenham Village College

The conference, organised by Cambridgeshire Bird Club in collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), will provide an opportunity for everyone to learn more about woodland birds in the UK and conservation of their habitats. On Saturday, there will be a programme of lectures (each followed by time for discussion), displays and stalls. On Sunday there will be an opportunity to visit woodland reserves to hear about their management for wildlife with particular attention to birds.
Further details...

The Cambridgeshire Bird Atlas 2007-2011

The Cambridgeshire Bird Atlas 2007-2011 is now available. Within its 294 pages is a complete and comprehensive overview of the summer and winter distributions and abundance of birds in the county. There are 500 detailed maps which show where 167 bird species can be found breeding or wintering. Facing the maps are expert species accounts that interpret the maps and place them in historical and national context.

Winter Garden Bird Survey 2014-2015

If you have a garden in this area and you like to watch the birds in your garden, we would like to invite you to take part in the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Winter Garden Bird Survey 2014-2015.
Click on the above link for more details.

Photo of the Year 2013

And the winner is...

New e-Bulletin:

For a limited period only the new e-Bulletin is free for all to access and available here.
Beginning in 2014, the e-Bulletin will only be available to club members.

Please make sure the club has your email address if you are a member and wish to receive a copy of the e-Bulletin

Next outdoor meeting:

Friday 8th August - to be arranged

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 12th September, Cottenham Village College

Facing Extinction: the World's Rarest Birds and the Race to Save Them by Paul Donald

Dr Paul Donald is Principal Conservation Scientist in the RSPB's international research team and is the Editor-in-Chief of the international ornithological journal Ibis. Among his many research interests is the conservation ecology of critically endangered species, and he is the lead author of a recent book on the subject. In this talk he will discuss the causes of rarity in birds and will outline the measures that are being used to prevent their extinction.

More information on 2014 Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites

Wildlife Artwatch

Exhibition at St Mary's Church, Buckden, PE19 5TL on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October.
Prominent members of the Society of Wildlife Artists will be displaying paintings and sculpture, all of which will be available to purchase.
The artists are Peter Partington, Robert Greenhalf, Brin Edwards, John Davis, Richard Allen, Bruce Pearson and Dafila Scott.
All these artists are from East Anglia.

The exhibition is open on Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Tea and home-made cakes are available on both days.

On Saturday evening at 7.00pm there is a very special WILDLIFE ARTWATCH Evening entitled The Birds and the Butterflies. Renowned artist Peter Partington will demonstrate how to draw birds (as recently seen live on BBC TV's Springwatch Unsprung and expert Nick Greatorex-Davies will give an illustrated talk on British Butterflies. Tickets are £8 and include a complimentary glass of wine. Box Office 01480-431037.

Profits will go to St Mary's Church, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire and The Bob Scott Memorial Appeal for Trans-Saharan Birds

Corn Bunting Survey

This year, Cambridgeshire birders are joining forces with like-minded folk in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in a novel three-county survey of breeding corn buntings during June and July 2014. The survey website can be accessed here ( You’ll see that this excellent user-friendly site contains field maps / recording forms, survey methodology and health and safety guidance. Please choose only from among those tetrad squares selected for survey - coloured green-brown. contact Andrew Tongue for more info on

Chairman's report 2014

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

A message from the Wildlife Trust: Voluntary bird surveyor (Ecology Groups)

Join your local Ecology Group and help monitor local reserves using your skills to identify birds by their songs. Monitoring the structure of our nature reserves is of great importance to the Trust and just one way of approaching this is to focus on the wildlife using that structure. We are looking for new volunteers to join our existing teams, the Ecology Groups, to help carry out breeding bird transects annually, gathering data to sample the birds breeding in woodland and scrub habitats. Reserves currently in need of monitoring include Grafham Water, Waresley and Gransden Wood and other sites in northern Cambridgeshire as well.

Essential skills required include the ability to identify birds by their songs and calls. If you would be interested in joining us or would like further details about the Ecology Groups please contact me, Henry Stanier, Ecology Groups Officer at The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6DH / email

Request from the WWT Welney Wetland Centre

The WWT occasionally looks for volunteer swan feeders to join their team. For those interested, there is more general information here, and more detail of the role here. To apply for this volunteer position please email Tony Winchester (Volunteer Coordinator) or contact the Centre, 01353 860711

Bulletins - Do we have your email address?

Club members receive a paper-bulletin six times a year, with articles and a summary of records for each two-month period. In addition, a new e-bulletin, with more detailed information, is now published monthly by delivered by email, and the first six editions are openly available here. If members would also like to receive their paper–Bulletin by email please contact the Bulletin editors Peter Bircham and Chris Brown. Please also contact them to discuss articles and news items for the bulletins, but continue to submit any bird records for bulletins to the County Recorder.

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.

RSPB Centre for Conservation Science

Launched in February 2014, the RSPB's new online hub will direct you to a wealth of projects carried out by RSPB scientists, often in partnership with other research organisations and volunteer field-workers. The RSPB team aims to discover practical solutions to 21st century conservation problems. They do this by identifying the most important problems, discovering their causes, testing potential solutions and ensuring they work when implemented.

A search starts by using the drop-down menus based on Themes, Species and Habitats.

Sand Martin

Picture of the month for August
Sand Martin, Paxton Pits
16th August2014 ©Jamie Wells
Norman Sills has made this months selection.

"My wife and I came to a unanimous decision! The Sand Martin on the twigs by Jamie Wells. Why? Well, the background is a plain, soft colour; the twigs make it interesting; it’s not that usual to see a martin perching on vertical twigs; the bird and the twigs together make an uncomplicated arrangement and thus has some impact. Pity the bird is a bit hunched, but it’s still our favourite. The two grebes in a sunset (Jamie Wells) was more or less second choice. Good impact, but ordinary behaviour and setting. Three of Tony Martin's pictures were very close contenders."

See all the pictures in the Gallery here

Previous Pictures of the Month can be seen here
Bearded Tit

CBC photograph of the year, 2013:
Bearded Tit, Ouse Fen RSPB
26th September 2013 ©Neil Bramwell
The Club's congratulations go to Neil.


CBC photograph of the year 2013, runner-up:
Kingfisher, Fowlmere RSPB
10th July 2013 ©Malcolm Housden

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