Cambridgeshire Bird Club

Welcome to the club

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 want your photos. We have field projects, we have indoor meetings and trips, and we keep you informed with our monthly emailed and bulletins. We have links to active bird ringing groups. And have a look at our Facebook and our Twitter sites.

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.


  • Date for your diary: tomorrow,Friday 12th August - the Great Fen Project 18.30 start. Details from Erica Towner

  • Photo of the month for July is Ed Gill's Blackcaps. See the photo here

  • Date for your diary: the next evening meeting is Friday 12th August - the Great Fen Project 18.30 start. Details to follow.

  • Ian Ellis has written a marvellous account of birds on the Cottenham Fens. Read it here

  • Photo of the Year 2021: And the Winner is ..... Simon Stirrup. Seeing juvenile Peregrines in Cambridgeshire is such a joy of our recent times, and Simon captured these in Ely after dropping his son off for cricket practice one evening. Runner-up Ian Dale, third place George Walthew - see here.

  • The 2019 Annual Report (No. 93) is now available to read on this website - read here

  • Club eBulletins up to December are now available to all to read. They contain records, photos, articles and event reminders: read here

  • The CBC recording checklist can be viewed and downloaded here

  • Club Bulletins back to the first issue in 1951 have now been digitised and added to the website - read them here

Twitter feed: many thanks to Brendon Doe for setting this up.

Summer evening outdoor Club meetings

Next meeting: Friday 12th August: Great Fen Project 18.30 start.

This will be led by Henry Stanier, Great Fen Monitoring and Research Officer.

Erica provides details of the event to those who have confirmed they are coming.

Picture of the month - July

Blackcap ©Ed Gill, Fowlmere RSPB, 5th July 2022

Derek Turnidge has made this month's selection:

My choice is Blackcaps by Ed Gill. I liked the clarity and the composition, especially the fact that although all three birds are looking in the same direction they are in fact perched alternately forward and back on the branch.

The two closest in my view were Black-necked Grebe by Matthew Binns (clear red eye and interesting reflection) and Barn Swallow by Colin Brown (interesting variety of poses).

See the latest photos

Photo of the year: 2021

Congratulations to Simon Stirrup for winning the 2021 Photo of the Year competition with his photo of Peregrines. The runner up was Ian Dale with his Common Tern, and in third place was George Walthew with his Water Rail. Click here to view all three, and 2021 candidates to see all the photos that had been entered.

The Cambridgeshire Bird Report 2020, No. 94 is now available to buy at £15.00 including postage and packing.

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If you are unsure of the location of the less well-known birding sites, check our Gazetteer, which also provides standardised names to include in recording checklists for the Club's database and Birdtrack. Check the Grabagrid map which provides precise site grid references, and also shows pop-up vice-county boundaries (confirm boundary using the OS map if site very close to boundary).

Avian Flu

AVIAN FLU: The Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service reported last winter that avian (bird) flu was confirmed in fenland swans. They advised, "Please be aware that you may see dead swans on the Nene or Drains. Dead swans may be found elsewhere too. Please under no circumstances go near or touch them. Phone Defra: 0345 933 5577, option 7: 'all other enquiries'. They will direct you to the correct local swan rescue (recovery ) people as all dead swans must now be collected for investigation". Email: and provide details. More info at Avian influenza (bird flu) - GOV.UK (

  • For sick swans, the RSPCA is the first place to contact and they will give help as to who should be informed.

Recent annual Cambridgeshire Bird Reports

  • The Cambridgeshire Bird Report 2020 No. 94 has been published. Copies can be purchased from the Club - see here

  • The Cambridgeshire Bird Report 2019 (No. 93) is now available to read online - see here

Lists and facts

County birders life lists, individual record year lists / record day lists, garden lists and other records - view them here