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.

Research page update

The Research page has been updated and includes sketches of the Cranes we are asking members to report if seen.

Winter Garden Bird Survey 2015/16

The Winter Garden Bird Survey runs between 4th October 2015 and 5th March 2016

To take part in the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Winter Garden Bird Survey 2015/16 click the link.

The results of the Winter Garden Bird Survey 2014/16 will be presented in the next annual report.

Summer Garden Bird Survey 2015

The Summer Garden Bird Survey ran from 8th March 2015 to 3rd October.Thanks to everyone who took part. Rebecca Buisson, who is the organiser of both winter and summer surveys, is now processing the data.

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 11th 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 2015 Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites

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.

Short-eared Owl

Picture of the month for October
Short-eared Owl, Burwell Fen
28th October 2015 ©Geoff Harris
Dick Newell has made this months selection.

"The choice could be any one of half a dozen pictures. Does one go for unusual behaviour, photographic excellence/composition, and how unusual and arresting is the winner. So excellent clichéed portraits won't do it this time. Some of those I really like are Geoff Harries' Bearded Tit, Neil Bramwell's Velvet Scoter, Colin Brown's Rook and a plethora of Short-eared Owls and Cranes. Whatever I choose, I will feel gutted at the ones I can't have.
After much hand-wringing, it comes down to a choice between one of Geoff Harries' Short-eared Owls or one of Garth Peacock's excellent series of Cranes - but which one? As a series, Garth's Cranes are exceptional, but when it comes to choosing one picture I keep getting drawn to Geoff's Short-eared Owl "

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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