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 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 nowe been added. Reports 2001 to 2008 are being prepared for uploading.

Research page update

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

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.

Farmland Bird Surveyors Needed

The RSPB are carrying out a number of farmland bird surveys in the Fens this year and are looking to recruit volunteers to carry out the surveys across a number of farms. The role would involve an initial meeting with the farmer and four subsequent early morning surveys of an assigned farm. They will provide training and cover travel expenses. Further details can be found here.

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 13th May, Cottenham Village College

A Very Fine Swan Indeed: Art, science and the unfeathered bird by Katrina Von Grouw

The book, The Unfeathered Bird, originally intended as a manual for bird artists, has been 25 years in the making. Only much later did it blossom into something far more ambitious. A world away from textbooks and diagrams, this is a work equally intended for scientists and artists, indeed anyone with an appreciation of birds or an interest in their adaptations and behavior. It includes illustrations of 200 species, all made from actual specimens, many in lifelike positions. Virtually all the complete skeletons were prepared and reconstructed at home from specimens donated from zoos, wildlife hospitals and conservation charities.

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.

Grey Wagtail

Picture of the month for March
Grey Wagtail, Fowlmere RSPB
14th March 2016 ©Gary Thornton
Andy Merryweather has made this month's selection.

"Capturing the alertness and everyday dynamism of birds can be hard to achieve, and this month a particularly rich variety of marvellous ‘action images’ caught my eye. One can almost feel the concentration and effort being expended by Doug Radford’s Great Black-backed Gull, just to get into the air! And of the many wonderful images of Short-eared Owl from Colin Brown, Geoff Harris and James Hanlon, the first image taken by Colin at Fen Drayton (25th March) so beautifully captures the intense focus of the bird, momentarily stalling, feet down, ready for the drop. Similarly, I particularly appreciated the dynamics of the highly active 'courting' Buzzards sequence (Colin Brown), both the Meadow Pipit (Jonathan Heath) and Robin (Colin Brown) dramatically caught in the act of singing, as well as the fabulous clarity of the Dartford Warbler in flight (James Hanlon). Finally though, my choice for March is Gary Thornton’s wonderfully crisp image of a Grey Wagtail feeding, which for me so brilliantly captures a small moment in the life of this highly mobile and notorious active little bird."

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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