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.


Our Twitter feed is occasionally erratic since a change to Twitter, affecting several search engines, but seems to have calmed down recently.  Check the dates when viewing.  Our Twitter web page shows recent activities.

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

Friday 8 March, 7.30pm: Annual General Meeting, followed by 'England’s Wild East Coast', by Steve Rowland.  

Main Hall at Cottenham  Community Centre, 250A High St, Cottenham CB24 8RZ. 

See  The Centre is opposite the Co-op store.  On-street parking. Enter via the side door, where there is a ramp.

(Please note: this is not the Village College venue)

Steve Rowland has worked for the RSPB for over 30 years and is currently Area Manager for Norfolk and Lincolnshire. He has spent most of his career working on England’s East Coast, one of the UK and Europe’s most important wild places. In his talk he will take us on a journey through this special landscape.  

Voting for Photo of the Year 2023

Twenty-six were taken by Cambridgeshire Bird Club members and one will become Photo of the Year for 2023.  Voting is open to club members only.  All members can vote once, and voters have 10 points to distribute among up to 3 photos, in any combination, e.g. all 10 points for one photo, 5 each for two joint-favourites,  or 5, 3, 2 or 7, 2, 1 or however else a member wants to split the 10 points.   Included among these candidates are automatically-eligible Pictures of the Month.  The competition is promoted on this website and on social media.   Voting opens on 3rd February and closes on 3rd March.

The photo with the highest points at the end of the competition wins a book token, to be presented at the AGM on 8th March.  Again, based on points received, there is a runner- up and also a third place. The top three photos will be published in the 2023 Cambridgeshire Bird Report, and on this website.   

Please send your votes to the club secretary Richard Genochio, secretary[at]  

Vote here

Picture of the month: January

Water Rail © George Walthew, Kings Dyke, 27 January 2024

Bob Titman chose January's Picture of the Month

“I was impressed by the varied selection of photographic compositions this month. Of these, I would firstly like to commend Garth Peacock for his Fieldfare photograph and Roger Hardie for his Great Spotted Woodpecker. However, my choice for the January’s photo of the month goes to George Walthew for his Water Rail photograph.

This is a beautifully composed (he probably chose the spot and waited for the shot) and immaculately focused picture, which for me is enhanced by the generally secretive nature of the species, making it a much harder picture to obtain. Well done George.”

See the latest photos 

See the latest photos and other Pictures of the Month

Photo of the year: 2022

Congratulations to George Walthew for winning the 2022 Photo of the Year competition with his photo of a Sedge Warbler.   Runner-up was Roger Hardie's Yellowhammer, and in third place was Neil Bramwell's Gargeney.   Click here to view these three photos, and click 2022 candidates to see all the photos that had been entered.

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

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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:  and provide details. More info at Avian influenza (bird flu) - 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