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, 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 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 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.