We need your bird records!

. . . and BirdTrack is our preferred method for receiving them.
It's easy to set up and entering records is quick. The reports it produces are fabulous for reviewing your own records and keeping lists up to date.

Have a look at the Record submission page to see which records are required, and other ways to send them in. There's a link to the BNHS website for an easy way to get an OS Grid Reference for your record(s).

Welcome to the Bedfordshire Bird Club

The Bedfordshire Bird Club was formed in 1992 to enhance the recording of birds in the county and bring together people with a shared interest in birds and birding.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis, Langford Mill © Steve Blain

The new year started spectacularly for Stuart Warren when he discovered a Glossy Ibis near Langford Mill. This is only the second recorded in Bedfordshire.

Meetings − dates for your diary

  • SUNDAY 13th APRIL
    Morning walk over Pegsdon Hills for spring migrants.
    Park and meet in car park of Live and Let Live Inn, Pegsdon, TL121303, at 8.00am.
    Leader: Jon Palmer

  • SUNDAY 27th APRIL
    Early morning birding around Broom Gravel Pits for Spring Migrants.
    Park and meet at end of Kings Road, off High Street Broom, TL172433, at 7.00am.
    Leader: Matt Burgess

  • SUNDAY 4th MAY
    Annual Dawn Chorus in Maulden Wood.
    Meet in lay-by at top of Deadman's Hill on A6, TL973394, at 4.15am.
    Hot fried breakfast to follow, price £3.00. Order 7 days in advance with John Adams on 01234 381532.
    Leader: Pete Marshall

  • SUNDAY 11th MAY
    Day trip to the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, for a good variety of local breeding specialities.
    Meet in the car park at Wenchford Picnic Site, SO664077 at 9.00am, then on to Nagshead RSPB Reserve and Woorgreens LNR.
    Leader: Kevin Sharpe

 

What to look for in Bedfordshire

April
April is a very exciting time for birding in Bedfordshire as a trickle of summer visitors at the beginning of the month becomes a flood by the end of the month. New birds and year ticks are around every day and with birds on the move hastily returning to their breeding areas there are lots of opportunities to find a scarce or rare visitor, but records show that they generally do not hang around for long.

To find out what's possible to see this month read our What to see guide.

May
May has proved over recent years to be a superb time for birding in Bedfordshire with the last summer visitors arriving and a fine array of scarce and rare visitors recorded. The long, warmer days and peak of bird song also ensure it is one of the most pleasurable months for spending time in the field. Birding time is split between the commitments of survey activity and the desire to continue the search for migrants, with waders and birds from the south and east being the main attractions.