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 Spotted Flycatchers
- we need your help

The CBC is planning to survey breeding Spotted Flycatchers in 2015.
Do you know of a pair nesting near you this year?
We want to hear from anyone who sees flycatchers after mid-May, or knows of a current or recent site.
If you haven’t seen one of these delightful birds for years, now is your chance.
You can find full details here:

Photo of the Year 2014


Contact Details Required

We would like to make contact with Bird Club members D. Jones and Andrew Curtis.
If anyone can provide any contact details for either of these members please email or phone Clive Sinclair on Cambridge 263509

Summer Garden Bird Survey 2015

The Summer Garden Bird Survey started on 8th March 2015

It is still not too late to start recording. 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 start collecting records now. To take part in the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Summer Garden Bird Survey 2015.
Click on the above link for more details.

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 11th September, Cottenham Village College

Ornithology to Ethno-ornithology – a life journey by Andy Gosler

More information on 2015 Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites

The CNHS Conversazione

The Cambridge Natural History Society's big event each year is the annual exhibition or Conversazione, which began in its present form in 1913. The dates for the 2015 Conversazione are Friday June 12 (1pm - 6pm) and Saturday June 13 (10am - 5pm).
Exhibits on all aspects of Natural History, showcasing local wildlife, will be displayed on laboratory benches in the Cambridge University Department of Zoology.
See for more details

The Neotropical Bird Club summer meeting

The Neotropical Bird Club will be holding a summer meeting in Cambridge on Saturday 25 July and members of the CBC are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at St John's Church in Hills Road, a venue familiar to club members. Entrance is free, doors open at 10:30 for coffee & cakes and the meeting starts at 11:00. The full programme of talks will be advertised shortly.

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


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.

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.

Little Grebe

Picture of the month for April
Little Grebe, Wicken Fen
11th April 2015 ©Brenden Doe
Stephen Cooper has made this months selection.

"With over 100 photos in the gallery for April it gets harder to choose just one. Many catch the eye such as superb flight shots of Black Tern (Garth Peacock) and Hobby (Roger Cresswell), stunning plumage detail of Glossy Ibis (Neil Bramwell) and Grey Partridge (Phill Smith) as well as some that show nice composition the Great Crested Grebes by Nigel Sprowell in particular and Toby Austin's Wood Sandpiper shows not all photos need be portraits. In the end my choice was for a photo that made me smile. Brenden Doe's Little Grebe having just caught it's stickleback lunch and looking like it went through the hedge backwards to catch it is my choice."

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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