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.

Announcements

  • Our Christmas Social is on 10th December

  • E-bulletins up to September 2021 are online see here

  • Picture of the Month for September is Garth Peackcock's juvenile Black Tern - see here

  • The Club eBulletin for June (#96) is now available to non-members - they contain records, photos, articles and event reminders . Read here

  • Congratulations to Nigel Sprowell for winning the Photo of the Year competition 2020 with his Sedge Warbler. See this and the two runners-up on this page.

  • The revised '2020' CBC recording checklist should be used from now on, view and download 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.

Next Club meeting - Friday 10th December

The Christmas Social - more details soon

Picture of the month: September

Black Tern © Garth Peacock, Dernford Reservoir, 3 September 2021

Pam Peacock selected this month's picture. "My eye was immediately caught with Charlie Kitchin’s Hoopoe, a stunning bird on a sunny day. Ed Gill captured the piercing stare of a Sparrowhawk perched with clenched talon in a tree illuminated with dappled sunlight but it was the crisp flight shot of Garth Peacock’s juvenile Black Tern that is my choice for this month".

Click to enlarge

See the latest photos

Photo of the year: 2020


Congratulations to Nigel Sprowell for winning the 2020 Photo of the Year competition with his photo of this Sedge Warbler. In second place was David Ball's Grey Wagtail, and in third place was Nigel Sprowell's Beard Tit. Click here to view all three, and 2020 candidates to see all the photos that had been entered.



Cambridgeshire Summer Garden Bird Survey

The last day for recording was Saturday 2nd October, so it's time to prepare your records for sending to Rebecca from 3rd October onwards. More details can be found here

The Cambridgeshire Bird Report 2019, No. 93, is available to purchase.

Click here for details

Spotted Flycatcher project 2021

The project has now morphed into a study of adult survival and return-rates, following the fortunes of individual birds.

Michael Holdsworth continued to work on Flycatcher communities and adult survival in 2021 and we would still like all records to be sent to the bird club.

Michael's 2020 project report is at: http://cambridgeshirebirdringing.org/spofl-finding2/

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: defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk 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.


Recent annual Cambridgeshire Bird Reports

  • The Cambridgeshire Bird Report 2019 No. 93 has been published. Copies can be purchased from the Club - see here

  • The Cambridgeshire Bird Report 2018 (No. 92) 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