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.

Photo of the Year 2014


Summer Garden Bird Survey 2014-2015

The Summer Garden Bird Survey istarts on 8th March 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 Summer Garden Bird Survey 2015.
Click on the above link for more details.

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 10th April, Cottenham Village College

Ancient Egypt – wildlife art detective by Jackie Garner

Egyptian art has some of the most beautifully restrained (and some of the most outrageously flamboyant) images known to man. This presentation looks at the portrayal of wildlife in ancient Egypt and investigates the tools, pigments and methods employed by Egyptian artists.

Wildlife artist, Jackie Garner has been painting wildlife and the natural world for over 30 years. She originally at the Medway College of Design, before becoming the part-time education officer at Gloucestershire's Nature in Art. She says that “That role allowed me to indulge my love of wildlife art, and I was inspired - and taught - by some of the great British wildlife artists - Robert Gillmor, Peter Partington, Bruce Pearson, Greg Poole... Before I knew it my metamorphosis from a "naturalist interested in art" to an ‘artist interested in nature’ was complete.

Friday 08th May, Cottenham Village College

Shrinking Habitats, Declining Butterflies and Climate Change by Nick Greatorex Davies

In this talk Nick will seek to highlight the plight of many of our butterflies and the factors responsible for their decline in Britain. He will cover some of the conservation work that is being done in Britain to try and halt these declines and also the range expansion of a number of species that is taking place, apparently in response to climate change. He wil also highlight some of the global environmental problems that effect many other parts of the world, not least of which is the world’s ever increasing human population. More...

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

A message from the Wildlife Trust: Voluntary bird surveyor (Ecology Groups)

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.

Collard Dove

Picture of the month for February
Collared Dove, Willingham
23rd February 2015 ©Colin Brown
Peter Herkenrath has made this months selection.

"As ever there is a wealth of images available and any choice is a hard one. All these fascinating gull images (Glaucous, Caspian, Yellow-legged) and several high-quality shots of owls in flight such as Nigel Sprowell and Peter Beesley's Barn Owls and Malcolm Housden's Short-eared Owl. Frank Bell's fierce-looking Sparrowhawk comes very close as does Colin Brown's portrait of a Wren and Simon Stirrup's Jay just catching a food item. But I go for Colin Brown's Collared Dove in flight, with nearly all feathers of body, wings and tail in focus, showing what a beauty this bird is."

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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