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.

Spotted Flycatchers in 2018

We will continue this project for its third season into 2018. Cambridgeshire (with Devon) has been piloting ground-breaking geolocator research with the BTO and this will also continue.

Quite simply, we need EVERY record of SpotFlys in the county, from arrival in mid-May until departure.

Records please as usual to the database and to BirdTrack, or email

To see what we found in 2016 check out This page will be updated for the 2017 season at some stage...

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 13th April, Cottenham Village College, Cambridge

How our individual decisions collectively affect urban birds by Mark Fellowes

Today, we have become a truly urban society, with around 90% of British people living in towns and cities. Biodiversity, and our societies' connection with nature, is threatened by urbanisation, and our gardens provide a vital link between people and wildlife. In this talk, he will share his group's most recent research on how the decisions made by every garden owner affects the birds that share their gardens.More...

Friday 11th May, Cottenham Village College, Cambridge

Social learning in great tits and blue tits : how birds use information about defended prey by Liisa Hämäläinen

Birds can gather information about their food from two sources: through  personal experience and by observing the foraging behaviour of others  (social information). Many insects have evolved chemical defences  against predators and my research focuses on how birds use social  information when learning to avoid these chemically defended prey. 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.

Have you seen colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit?

The RSPB's Project Godwit has been colour-ringing Black-tailed Godwits, and would welcome any sightings.

More at Project Godwit

Bird Rescue

If you find an injured bird that may have a chance of rehabilitation please contact Chris Percival on 01223 860933. If there is no answerphone switched on, she is away and alternative arrangements will need to be made such as the RSPCA or a local vet.

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.

British Birds magazine- free monthly newsletter

This is an initiative from Britain’s leading birding publication.

More at


Picture of the month for March
Goldeneye, Grafham Water
13th March 2018 ©Phil Smith
Richard Genochio has made this month's selection.

"My first step was to create a shortlist of over a dozen eye-catching images, all worthy of mention if space allowed! The winner, however, was Phil Smith’s Goldeneyes (13th March). An outstanding and beautiful portrayal. The timing necessary to catch this one extraordinary moment with the male in display was of the highest order. The runner up was Saimon's Peregrines; a highly idiosyncratic portrayal of a bird normally associated with craggy peaks. The comedy of the situation is beautifully conveyed – a medium sized falcon sits dumpily on a very large falcon, with the latter appearing to be in some pain from the former’s sharp talons which grip its forehead. Phil Smith's Great Crested Grebe (30th March) was also commendable, a brilliantly captured moment, requiring fast trigger-work, with the grebe powering towards the camera in a slightly intimidating fashion, like a Royal Navy frigate moving under full steam through a fairly heavy swell in mid-Atlantic."

See all the pictures in the Gallery here

Previous Pictures of the Month can be seen here
Grey Partridge
CBC photograph of the year, 2017:
Grey Partridge©Gary Thornton
The Club's congratulations go to Gary.

CBC photograph of the year 2017, 1st runner-up:
Hawfinch ©Geoff Harries

Spotted Flycatcher
CBC photograph of the year 2017, 2nd runner-up:
Spotted Flycatcher ©Nigel Sprowell

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