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.


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.

Photo of the Year 2013

And the winner is...



New e-Bulletin - December edition:

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.


Next indoor meetings:

Friday 09th May, Cottenham Village College

The Lodge – Past and Future by Peter Bradley

This talk is about The Lodge – its history, how the RSPB became involved in the site, what has been done to re-create the largest area of heathland in Bedfordshire, and plans for the future. Peter Bradley has worked for The RSPB since 1990, at sites including Nagshead, Fore Wood, Rye House Marshes, Mid Yare, Titchwell (warden 1997–2000), Rye Meads (site manager 2000–2004), The Lodge (from 2004). He is now Senior Sites manager for Beds & Herts, managing The Lodge and overseeing Fowlmere and Rye Meads.

More information on 2014 Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites


Corn Bunting Survey

This year, Cambridgeshire birders are joining forces with like-minded folk in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in a novel three-county survey of breeding corn buntings during June and July 2014. The survey website can be accessed here (http://cornbunting.birdsurvey.org.uk/) You’ll see that this excellent user-friendly site contains field maps / recording forms, survey methodology and health and safety guidance. Please choose only from among those tetrad squares selected for survey - coloured green-brown. contact Andrew Tongue for more info on andrew.tongue@gmail.com

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.


Bearded Tit

Picture of the month for March
Bearded Tit, Ouse Fen RSPB
30th March 2014 ©Matthew Mellor
Malcolm Housden, our runner-up from the 2013 photo of the year, has chosen the photo of the month for March.

"I have chosen Matthew Mellor’s Bearded Tit, 30th March; a nice sharp image with good detail, some may find the reeds over the body are off putting but I feel it shows the bird in it’s natural habitat. I also liked Neil Bramwell’s Barn Owl and Gary Thornton’s Kestrel images, both well lit and perfect timing."

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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