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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.


Photo of the Year 2016

RESULTS


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.


Spotted Flycatchers again in 2017

Spotted Flycatchers will be back with us in the second week of May, and we will be continuing the county survey.

We simply want every record of Flycatchers seen, and we hope that everyone who knows of a nesting pair will keep us informed of progress.

Records please as usual to the database and to BirdTrack, or email me at spofl@cambridgebirdclub.org.uk

To see what we found out last year, check out http://www.cambridgebirdclub.org.uk/spofl2017.html


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 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...

Friday 12th May, Cottenham Village College<

Reclaiming South Georgia by Tony Martin

Two centuries ago, rats and mice were inadvertently introduced to the UK overseas territory of South Georgia by sealers and then whalers. Over time, these unwelcome guests ate their way through most of the island's wildlife, reducing the bird population by more than 90%. They threatened the extinction of an endemic bird and fundamentally changing the entire ecosystem of this globally important sub-Antarctic wildlife refuge. More...

More information on Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites


Bulletins

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 www.britishbirds.co.uk 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.



Waxwing

Picture of the month for February
Waxwing, Cambridge
7th February 2017 ©Matt Walton
Brendan Doe has made this month's selection.

"I've taken a good look through the gallery and as usual there were many high quality photos on offer for February, captured from all corners of Cambs. Simon Stirrups Buzzard flight shot and pin sharp Blue Tit. Phil Smiths Cormorant at nest and Geoff Harris's series of one of our rarer winter visitors Great Grey Shrike all caught the eye. The usual high quality photos from Garth Peacock of an increasingly abundant Cambs visitor, Great White Egret and a very evocative Red Kite from Ian Dawson. However I felt that I couldn't look behind a bird that is sure to brighten up even the dullest winter's day, that of course being Waxwing. The question is which one? Being relatively approachable and therefore affording good photo opportunities I was looking for something slightly different. I have therefore decided to give my vote to Matt Walton for his open wing shot of one of the long staying Milton guided busway Waxwings. The photo demonstrates very well the lovely waxy tips and to boot the bird is about to consume a berry. Well done Matt."

See all the pictures in the Gallery here

Previous Pictures of the Month can be seen here
Little Owl
CBC photograph of the year, 2016:
Little Owl ©Gary Thornton
The Club's congratulations go to Gary.

Serin
CBC photograph of the year 2016, 1st runner-up:Serins ©Nigel Sprowell

Short-eared Owl & Kestrel
CBC photograph of the year 2016, 2nd runner-up:
Short-eared Owl and Kestrel ©Geoff Harries



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