Cambridgeshire Bird Club

CORONAVIRUS - Please uphold the reputation of our Bird Club by strictly adhering to the latest changes in Government policy and advice for all birding activities away from home.

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 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.

If you are unsure of the location of the less well-known birding sites, check our Gazetteer


  • It's nearly time to send in your results for the Bird Club Summer Garden Bird Survey. Check how to do it here.

  • The Winter Garden Survey follows on immediately after the Summer garden survey. See here for details.

  • The Picture of the Month for August is Colin Brown's Sparrowhawk

  • The Club e-Bulletin for July (#85) is now available to non members - containing records, photos, articles and event reminders . Read here.

  • Our gallery will no longer show site information for each picture while the Covid-19 crisis continues. See more.

  • With regret, because of Coronavirus, we are cancelling our face to face meetings until 2021.

  • The Photo of the Year 2020 is David Ball's Common Tern. Congratulations to David.

Cambridgeshire Bird Club Summer Garden Bird Survey 2020

To everyone who is taking part in the Summer survey 2020, thank you for doing this. The survey is coming to the end and I look forward to receiving your results form anytime from the 4th October up to the end of the month. Read here on how to do this.

I hope that everyone that wished to take part was able to. If after reading the instructions you have some questions, please do not hesitate to ask -

I hope that you enjoyed doing the Summer 2020 survey and that you will continue to take part with the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Garden Bird Survey Winter 2020-2021 which will begin on 4th October 2020. The details of this survey can be found on this page.

Rebecca Buisson

Cambridgeshire Bird Club Winter Garden Bird Survey 2020-21

The Winter Survey kicks off on 4th October 2020. Please join in, and for details of the background to the survey and the method, read here.

Rebecca Buisson

Club meetings

  • Details of our indoor meetings and summer outdoor trips can be found on our Meetings page. The scheduled field trip to Gamlingay Wood on 10th July was cancelled. The trip to Kingfishers Bridge (14th August) is cancelled.

CANCELLED - 9th October (due to Covid-19): ‘Conservation trade-offs: reconciling food production, wildlife and ecosystem services’ by Tom Finch

More on club meetings here

The three Lockdown races of 2020

To see how these played out, look here

Photo of the year: 2019

Congratulations to David Ball for winning the 2019 Photo of the Year competition with his photo of this Common Tern. There was a tie for second place, so in no particular order they were Garth Peacock's fighting Coots and Dawid Banasiak's Short-eared Owl. Click here to view all three, and 2019 Winner and runners up to see all the photos that had been entered.

Picture of the month: August


© Colin Brown 14th August 2020

Ann Beeby chose this month's bird. "It is a pleasure and a privilege to see so many fantastic photos in the gallery, quality appreciated as a keen birdwatcher, but I'm not an expert photographer myself. August is great for birds on passage, anything can turn up anywhere, and this is reflected in the variety shown, especially waders. All the waders are good photos, but I especially like David Ball's Greenshank just taking off. There are some really alert images of Whinchats and wagtails in different habitats, some of the birds look as if they're curious about these new places they're visiting. However, I've chosen Colin Brown's Sparrowhawk as the photo of the month, it's an iconic bird of Cambridgeshire, and this photo has amazing sharp detail of the plumage against a blue summer sky.

Many thanks to all contributors."

Recent annual Cambridgeshire Bird Reports

  • The Cambridgeshire Bird Report 2018 No. 92 has been published. Copies can be purchased from the Club - see here

  • The Cambridgeshire Bird Report 2017 (No. 91) is now available to read online - click here for CBR 2017 or go to Bird Reports

CBC Spotted Flycatcher research 2015-19, linked to the BTO's geolocator project

Michael Holdsworth's excellent study on Spotted Flycatchers can be read at

Lists and facts

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