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.

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.

The October 2014 e-bulletin is available

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

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 14th November, St Johns Hall, Cambridge

Birdwatching in the Caucasus by Paul French

Georgia is one of the most mysterious, unique and scenic countries in the Western Palearctic and contains some of its most sought after and rarely seen birds. From incomparable mountain birding in the Greater Caucasus to one of the largest raptor migration spectacles in the World, Georgia is a land that every European birder should visit at least once.

Friday 12th December, St Johns Hall, Cambridge

Christmas Social

Come and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine in good company while listening to inspiring short talks by club members.
Please contact Vicki Harley if you would like to give a short presentation.

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

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.


Picture of the month for October
Female Merlin, Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB
28th October 2014 ©Colin Brown
Richard Thomas has made this months selection.

"As ever, a fabulous array of photographs from last month in Cambridgeshire, and as it was October, as would be expected, it contains a selection of scarcer species. There's some real quality portraits in there, and if Meadow Pipit hadn't come top in September, then either of Roger Cresswell's Meadow Pipits images would be strong contenders. Colin Brown's Long-tailed Tit portrait and action shot of Sparrowhawk and crows are both excellent, but I think the winning image for me this month is the second of Colin's three excellent flight shots of a Merlin: a beautifully sharp image of the underside that captures the compactness and grace of this diminutive, but sadly declining raptor."

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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