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.

Cambridgeshire Spotted Flycatchers
- we need your help

The CBC is planning to survey breeding Spotted Flycatchers in 2015.
Do you know of a pair nesting near you this year?
We want to hear from anyone who sees flycatchers after mid-May, or knows of a current or recent site.
If you haven’t seen one of these delightful birds for years, now is your chance.
You can find full details here:

Photo of the Year 2014


Contact Details Required

We would like to make contact with Bird Club members D. Jones and Andrew Curtis.
If anyone can provide any contact details for either of these members please email or phone Clive Sinclair on Cambridge 263509

Summer Garden Bird Survey 2015

The Summer Garden Bird Survey started on 8th March 2015

It is still not too late to start recording. 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 start collecting records now. To take part in the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Summer Garden Bird Survey 2015.
Click on the above link for more details.

Outdoor Meetings:

Friday 12th June, 7.30pm.

Greys Farm, Therfield, near Royston.

Edward Darling is a passionate and practical farmer-cum-conservationist, and will show us the many measures he has put in place on his farm to improve bird numbers, particularly of red-listed species such as Grey Partridge, Lapwing, Yellow Wagtail and Corn Bunting. Booking is not essential but helps ensure we don't start the tour without you; contact Vince Lea. To find Greys, take the A505 to the Western end of the Royston bypass, and then take the Therfield and Royston turn off the dual carriageway at the roundabout. This road turns left, and then very soon on the right there is a turn to Therfield - you will see a carpark for the heath ahead of you, but continue up the hill - Greys is near the rise of the hill on the left, on a marked turning in the trees (TL337395).

Friday 10th July, 6:30pm.

Ouse Fen.

Meet at the public car park at Earith Bridge on A1123 by the New Bedford River, just west of the junction with the B1050 from Willingham, TL393748. A guided walk with the warden Barry O’Dowd; limited to about 12 people so please contact Vince or Louise to book.

Friday 14th August, 7:00pm.

To be arranged, but likely to be to Woodwalton Fen.

Please contact Louise for further details and to book.

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 11th September, Cottenham Village College

Ornithology to Ethno-ornithology – a life journey by Andy Gosler

More information on 2015 Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites

The CNHS Conversazione

The Cambridge Natural History Society's big event each year is the annual exhibition or Conversazione, which began in its present form in 1913. The dates for the 2015 Conversazione are Friday June 12 (1pm - 6pm) and Saturday June 13 (10am - 5pm).
Exhibits on all aspects of Natural History, showcasing local wildlife, will be displayed on laboratory benches in the Cambridge University Department of Zoology.
See for more details

The Neotropical Bird Club summer meeting

The Neotropical Bird Club will be holding a summer meeting in Cambridge on Saturday 25 July and members of the CBC are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at St John's Church in Hills Road, a venue familiar to club members. Entrance is free, doors open at 10:30 for coffee & cakes and the meeting starts at 11:00. The full programme of talks will be advertised shortly.

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 June
Wren, Aldreth
14th June 2015 ©Simon Stirrup
Roger Cresswell has made this months selection.

"Although not as many as usual there was a fine selection of pictures for June. There were of images of bird behaviour, singing, feeding, preening, etc. which I particularly liked. Gary Thornton’s charming Goldcrest bathing, Christoph Zockler’s Sparrowhawk about to deal with it’s kill, Garth Peacock’s portrait of a Corn Bunting in full song. But the photo that really caught my attention was Simon Stirrup’s image of a chorus of four young Wrens eagerly awaiting a delivery. Superb. "

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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