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
Rare Breeding Birds

Saturday 24th September 2016
0930–1700 at Cottenham Village College

Sunday 25th September 2016
Various nature reserves

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 recording and conserving rare breeding birds in the UK with a focus on Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. On Saturday, there will be a programme of lectures and discussion, displays and stalls. On Sunday, there will be an opportunity to visit various reserves to hear how rare breeding birds are protected and monitored on site.

More details and booking form

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.

Free stuff!

We have lots of county reports from exchanges between other bird clubs, plus some books, that have been held in the Club's archive and which need to be rehomed due to space shortage. Full details can be seen here

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.

Spotted Flycatchers again in 2016

Spotted Flycatchers arer now back with us from Africa, and we will be continuing the county survey we started last year.

We simply want every record of Flycatchers seen, and we hope that everyone who knows of a nesting pair will keep us informed of progress.

Please see the list of priority sites

Records please as usual to the database and to BirdTrack, or email me at

To see what we found out last year, check out

Summer Garden Bird Survey 2016

The Summer Garden Bird Survey runs between 6th March 2016 and 1st October 2016

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 Summer Garden Bird Survey 2016.
Click on the above link for more details.

Please send your Winter Garden Bird Survey results in by the end of March 2016.

NOTE: Even though the deadline for submission of the Winter Garden Bird Survey has passed, if you haven't submitted your results you can still do so by emailing them to

The results of the Winter Garden Bird Survey 2014/15 are available in the Club's 2014 Annual Report.

Field Trips:

Friday 12th August, Paxton Pits (north end)

by arrangement, a trip to the north end of Paxton Pits with site ranger, Jim Stevenson. time 7pm. Meeting place will be provided to those who book, but expect a reasonable walk to be part of this visit. Book with Louise Bacon (, places limited to 15.

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 9th September, Cottenham Village College

Climate Change and Local Wildlife by Brian Eversham

In this talk, Brian will discuss how wildlife has responded to past climates, including the series of Ice Ages, how plants and animals are being affected by changes now, and how climate interacts with other threats to local wildlife. He will consider the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the face of climate warming, and will conclude by explaining how we should respond to the threats, and what the local Wildlife Trust is doing already.

More information on 2016 Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites

AGM Papers 2015

2015 AGM minutes
2015 EGM minutes
2015 Accounts
2016 AGM agenda
The Cambridgeshire Bird Club financial statement for 2014 can be found here

A copy of the Chairman's report for 2015 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.

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 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.


Picture of the month for August
Bittern, Wicken Fen
12th August 2016 ©Roger Cresswell
Howard Slatter has made this month's selection.

"Not an easy job choosing from an array of such impressive photos. At first sight my attention was particularly taken by Colin Brown’s King’s College House Martins and flycatching Starling, Phil Smith’s waders at Grafham and Paxton Kingfisher, James Hanlon’s powering Great Crested Grebe, and Roger Cresswell’s Spotted Flycatchers, Water Rail and stalking Bittern.
In the end I had to go for the close-up of the Bittern at Wicken Fen, taken by Roger Cresswell on 12th August. The fact that the bird is partly obscured by the vegetation and shadow detracts in no way from the portrait; it actually adds to the menace shown in its intent stare."

See all the pictures in the Gallery here

Previous Pictures of the Month can be seen here
Spotted Flycatchers

CBC photograph of the year, 2015:
Spotted Flycatchers ©Garth Peacock
The Club's congratulations go to Garth.

Long-eared Owl

CBC photograph of the year 2015, 1st runner-up:
Long-eared Owl ©Geoff Harries

Marsh Harriers

CBC photograph of the year 2015, 2nd runner-up:
Marsh Harriers ©Gary Thornton

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