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 need your photos. We do research, we have indoor and outdoor meetings, and we keep you informed with our regular emailed and online 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.

Announcements

Next indoor meeting

  • Friday, 13th December at St John's Community Hall - our Christmas Social including short talks

Club Bulletins

  • The September e-Bulletin is now available to non members - records, photos, articles and event reminders . Read here.

New Checklist order for 2019 records spreadsheet

  • In February 2019, the BOU brought in a new checklist order. Our records spreadsheet has been changed accordingly.
  • For those of you who do direct records submissions to the Cambridgeshire Bird Club, could you please use our revised 2019 spreadsheet from now on. (All earlier 2019 records will be converted for you, which is also true for BirdTrack records)...... More details here
  • The new order will be adopted from the 2018 report.


Cambridgeshire Winter Garden Bird Survey 2019/20

The Winter Garden Survey resumed on 6th October. Don't worry if you haven't started recording as it is not too late. If you have a garden and you like to watch the birds in your garden, we would like to invite you to take part.

We ask that you note the bird species feeding or foraging in your garden from 6th October 2019 – 7th March 2020, or for as long a period as possible.

We will discover which species of birds make most use of gardens in the county during the winter months, find out whether new species are coming into gardens and whether the regular species are making less use of the gardens. For further details, read here.

BTO Cambridgeshire Spotted Flycatcher Geolocator Project

For more information on the Project and what we've found out so far go to http://cambridgeshirebirdringing.org/spofl-menu/

And please continue to send in every record from now until October to spofl@cambridgebirdclub.org.uk

Club meetings

  • Details of our indoor meetings and summer outdoor trips can be found on our Meetings page. Vicki Harley organises indoor meetings, Erica Towner, the outdoor summer trips

13 December: Christmas social

St John's Community Hall, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN. 7.30pm for 8pm start

Come and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine in good company while listening to inspiring short talks by club members.

Please contact Vicki Harley if you would like to give a short presentation.

More on club meetings here

January 10th 2020: ‘The magic of Orkney’ by Duncan MacDonald

St John's Community Hall, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN. 7.30pm for 8pm start

More details to follow

More on club meetings here

Photo of the year: 2018

Congratulations to Neil Bramwell for winning the Photo of the Year competition with his photo of a Hawfinch. In second place was Nigel Sprowell's Spotted Flycatcher, and in third place was a Peregrine Falcon by Simon Stirrup. View here to see all three, and click here to see the photos entered.



Picture of the month: October

Fieldfare, Wimpole Hall, 29th October 2019

© Robert Skeen

Mike Everett has judged this month:

This is not only a pin-sharp and perfectly composed shot, but also one which brings the bird very much to life - perched up there, alert and watchful.... I can imagine it taking off and calling as it flies away. The perfect October bird, too. Two others tied as runners-up. - in fact both came very, very close to becoming my first choice. Barn Owl pics are ten-a-penny, but Bob Steed’s ghostly apparition is something rather different and rather special. George Walthew’s wonderful Long-eared Owl is a real birder’s photograph - just as you might see one, and proof that it’s not all about that perfect portrait!

Annual General Meeting 2019

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Cambridgeshire Bird Club was held in the Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College at 7.45 pm on Friday 8th March. To view the Agenda, click here, and for the Minutes of the 2018 AGM click here. The audited and signed Financial Statement for 2018 can be viewed here.

County peak bird counts and earliest / latest dates

Updated by Mark Hawkes - view them here