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 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.

Announcements

Dates of tweets on our Twitter feed have now gone haywire, more than one browser is affected - apologies but it seems to be out of our control.   Other report the same issue. For now, it's best to go to the Twitter site directly.

Twitter feed: many thanks to Brendon Doe for setting this up on our website, and maintaining our Twitter account.

Dr C James Cadbury 

The Club is saddened by James' death, read more. 


Summer evening outdoor meetings 2024


Dates for your diary - The Club has four field trips in the diary for this Summer.    Contact / booking via Erica Towner: fieldtrips@cambridgebirdclub.org.uk


Summer evening outdoor meeting Friday 28th June 2024  Chippenham Fen NNR, north of Newmarket

Meeting on-site for 19.00 start


The visit will be led by Mike Taylor, Reserve Manager.

Early booking recommended. Final details including parking and meeting place will be sent in early June. Contact / booking via Erica Towner: fieldtrips@cambridgebirdclub.org.uk

 

Chippenham Fen is four miles north of Newmarket on the road between Snailwell and Chippenham.  It is a superb example of undrained fenland with a rich variety of habitats set within 112 hectares. Access to the reserve is usually limited to the public footpaths which run through the middle and northern edge of the reserve so this is a chance to go “off grid’ and  explore the reserve, its wildlife and the conservation measures in place.  The Chippenham Parish website includes information about the reserve, its history, bird and other wildlife:  https://chippenhamcambs.info/chippenham-fen 


Summer evening outdoor meeting Friday 12th July 2024  Ouse Washes (RSPB), Welches Dam near Manea

Meeting on-site for 19.00 start


Summer evening outdoor meeting Friday evening in August  Dernford Reservoir, south of Stapleford

Meeting on-site for 18.30 start.  (Confirmation of date and further details in future bulletins and on this website)


Picture of the Month - March

Whinchat  © Jon Heath, Swaffham Prior Fen, 17 April 2024


Donald Broom chose April's Picture of the Month:


"My eye was drawn to Roger Hardie’s Willow Warbler in full song and Ian Dale’s two contributions of Little Gull and Yellow Wagtail. My selection for April, however, is Jon Heath’s Whinchat, the first of two photos of this active little bird, difficult to get so sharply in focus and contrasting well with the background."

See the latest photos 


Photo of the year: 2023


Congratulations to Garth Peacock for his winning photo of a  Peregrine Falcon.  Second place goes to Ian Dale with his Black Redstart, and Jon Heath's Coot takes third place.  Click here to view all three photos. and click 2023 candidates to see all the photos that were entered.

Picture of the month: February

Starling © Simon Stirrup, Ouse Fen RSPB, 24 February 2024

Andrew Dobson selected February's Picture of the Month.

"There are fine portraits of some of our common resident species such as Roger Cresswell’s Little Grebe and Colin Brown’s Jackdaw. Our ‘waxwing winter’ continues with plenty of contributions of this photogenic species, and Jon Heath’s photo of a flock enables an accurate count.  However, the series of photos by Simon Stirrup of the starling murmuration at Ouse Fen really took my breath away. As someone who loves cetaceans, I was very tempted to select the ‘whale’, but I’ve chosen the photo he has captured so perfectly of thousands of starlings blackening the sky at dusk —it’s totally absorbing. It could pass for an abstract painting. Why not visit the reserve to experience the murmuration for yourself?"

See the latest photos 

The Cambridgeshire Bird Report 2021, No. 95 is now available to buy at £15.00 including postage and packing. 

Or why not join the Club


Where's that site?

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 

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: defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk  and provide details. More info at Avian influenza (bird flu) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 


Recent annual Cambridgeshire Bird Reports

Lists and facts

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