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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.

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.

Please vote for the Photo of the Year 2014

Click here to enter the competition


Winter Garden Bird Survey 2014-2015

As the winter garden bird survey 2014-15 is nearing the end we would like to remind you that the results can be sent in after 7th March 2015.
Please send them in by 30th April 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.


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 13th February, St Johns Hall, Cambridge House Martin

Tales of the Unexpected - new insights from tracking our Afro-Palaearctic migrants by Chris Hewson

Populations of many of our Afro-Palaeartic migrants , especially those that winter in the humid tropics of West and Central Africa, are currently in steep decline, whereas 30–40 years ago it was those wintering further north in the arid zone south of the Sahara that were struggling. The reasons for this remain unclear, partly because we lack a thorough understanding of what many of these birds do during the majority of the year when they are not in the UK. More...

Friday 13th March, St Johns Hall, Cambridge

Annual General Meeting followed by
Guyana – South America's hidden gem by Chris Collins

Bordered by Venezuela and Brazil, this small South American country is rarely visited by birdwatchers, despite having many special birds to see. Chris has have been lucky enough to spend several months there and in his lecture we will visit many of the habitats which make Guyana such a unique destination. In the tropical forests there are hundreds of species including antbirds, toucans, macaws as well as the majestic Harpy Eagle, whilst out on the savannahs, it is possible to find Giant Anteaters and the highly endangered Sun Parakeet. More...

More information on 2015 Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites


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 ecologygroups@wildlifebcn.org.


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.


Grey Partridge

Picture of the month for December
Grey Partridge, Burwell Fen
15th December 2014 ©Neil Bramwell
Gillian Cox has made this months selection.

"So many brilliant photographs just choosing was very difficult. Finally, Neil Bramwell is again in the frame with the Grey Partridge taken at Burwell Fen on 15th December. Just one of our many declining birds, for me, always a pleasure to hear and even better when seen."

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.

Kingfisher

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


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