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.


Club Bulletins

The bulletin for June 2019 is now available to non members to 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.

Club meetings

  • Details of our indoor meetings and summer outdoor trips can be found on our Meetings page.

Indoor meetings

Meetings for September - December 2019 will be held at St John's Community Hall, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN. 7.30pm for 8pm start. Club organiser is Vicki Harley

Next Club meeting

13 September: Global threats to seabirds: are we the albatrosses around their necks? by Richard Phillips

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

11 October: Bird monitoring and studies in Thetford Forest by Greg Conway

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

More details to follow.

More on club meetings here

BTO Cambridgeshire Spotted Flycatcher Geolocator Project

***Update*** First nests were fledging in w/b 17 June. We still need more nest records - can you help?

We have continued the survey of Spotted Flycatchers into 2019. This is the perfect activity for bored birders during those long summer evenings until the start of the autumn passage in late July.

Do you know of a pair nesting near you this year? We want to hear from anyone who sees flycatchers after mid-May, or knows of a current or recent site.

For more information on the Project and what we've found out so far go to

And please send in every record from now until October to

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: July

Sand Martin, Dernford Reservoir, 24th July 2019

©David Ball

Ade Cooper has made the selection for July.

Being a quieter month in the year of birding there were fewer photos to choose from than usual. The Sand Martin in flight by David Ball is a very nice shot and immediately caught the eye. Fully spread wings and tail make for good composition, the sharpness of a fast flying bird is excellent, along with the photo being well lit. Above all the subject is of a lovely species and being a juvenile it shows off those immaculate, pale fringed feathers beautifully.

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