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.

Please vote for the Photo of the Year 2016

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AGM Papers 2017

2017 AGM agenda
2016 AGM minutes
2016 Accounts

Previous AGM Papers

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.

Sand Martin Survey 2017

Sand Martins are the smallest of the hirundines to be seen in Cambridgeshire. The flight is often described as “weak” or “fluttering” but even so they migrate thousands of miles and are one of our first summer visitors. The earliest county record comes from the Nene Washes, the 27th February 1994, and the latest is from the Ouse Washes, the 17th November 1968.
A survey in Cambridgeshire should throw some light on the picture locally. It may also help us influence planning decisions and assess the value of purpose built nesting structures. The surveyors will be club members making specific notes of their observations during their normal bird watching.
Please visit the Research page for further details on the project and how to get involved.

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.

Garden Bird Surveys

The Cambridgeshire Bird Club garden bird surveys have been carried out for two full years. I would like to extend a big thank you to all of you that have taken part in the surveys during that time. A large database has been built up and it records how birds make use of gardens in the county. I plan to write a full summary for the club once all the records are in.

Sadly there have been increasingly fewer people taking part in the surveys and after taking advice I have decided that it would be best to take a break. It has been suggested that it is run on a five year cycle. This would mean restarting the survey in October 2019. I hope that if you have taken part in these surveys you may like to take part in other surveys that take place in the county. They are advertised on the website or in the club newsletters.

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

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 10th March, St Johns Hall, Cambridge

Annual General Meeting followed by
Pineapple Peril for Palearctic migrants & African forest species
by Ann Scott

The story of an African reserve set up in memory of Bob Scott to help overcome some of the problems facing trans-Sahara migrant birds.
Bob Scott worked for the RSPB for many years and, after his retirement, was chairman of Cambridgeshire Bird Club from 1999 to 2004...more

Friday 7th April, Cottenham Village College

Feathered Fiends? Reasons to love your neighbourhood gulls by Viola Ross-Smith

Viola Ross-Smith is Science Communications Manager at BTO, responsible for spreading the good word about the BTO's research through print publications, social media and as many other channels as possible. More...

More information on Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites


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.

Glaucous Gull

Picture of the month for January
Glaucous Gull, Cambridge Research Park
21st January 2017 ©Simon Stirrup
Nigel Sprowell has made this month's selection.

"What a cracking start to 2017,with 80 photos to choose from and with so many quality images selection has, as ever, been a challenge. I loved the sharp set of images by Thomas Reed, especially the Tree Sparrow. The three Kingfisher images by Roger Cresswell were stunning, and I was very sorely tempted by James Hanlon’s wonderfully composed photo of a Mute Swan on the mirror of ice, absolutely beautiful. However, after much deliberation I have chosen something I cannot recall featuring as a photo of the month before – a gull, in particular a Glaucous Gull, of which there have been many fine specimens this month. Not a particularly charismatic bird, but I was drawn to the pin sharp series of images by Simon Stirrup in particular the almost perfect mirrored image of the bird showing its’ fearsome gape regurgitating its’ meal. Congratulations."

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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