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.
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
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.
Picture of the month - July
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.
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: 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: email@example.com and provide details. More info at Avian influenza (bird flu) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
For sick swans, the RSPCA is the first place to contact and they will give help as to who should be informed.