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.
Cuckoos - Can you help the Bird Club survey these familiar, but rapidly declining birds?
Meetings − dates for your diary
SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER
Morning walk around East Beds area for wintering species.
Park and meet at Henlow Bridge Lakes, TL188379, at 8.30am.
Leader: Roger Hicks
TUESDAY 17th DECEMBER
‘The Birding Year 2013’ by Richard Bashford. A review of the county's birds recorded on video by
our own talented photographers. Free seasonal refreshments. DVDs will be available to buy after the show.
Meeting starts at 8.00pm in Maulden Village Hall.
CHRISTMAS DAY TO NEW YEAR'S EVE
‘The Great Christmas Bird Hunt’.
Details will be announced in the November issue of Hobby.
Organiser: Andy Banthorpe
SUNDAY 12th JANUARY
Day trip to Needingworth Quarry and Over Fen, Cambs (RSPB/Hanson Wetlands Project) for wintering birds.
Meet in Needingworth Reserve car park, TL348729, at 9.00am.
Leader: Peter Soper
The Bird Club summer season meetings have finished - view the full details of the Winter Programme 2013/2014.
What to look for in Bedfordshire
December is a month in which most winter visitors have arrived but surprises are still to be found as birds move around
to seek best feeding and sheltering areas, particularly in response to adverse weather conditions. The holiday season gives
an opportunity for many birders to spend some more time in the field with the Christmas Bird Hunt, surveys for the winter
atlas and maybe filling the last gap on the year list when weather and daylight allow.
To find out what's possible to see this month read our What to see guide.
January is a month for searching out the scarcer or more elusive winter visitors, either for a new year-list or maybe just purely the
pleasure of discovery and observation and having a reason to get outdoors during the potentially cold or gloomy month.
Adverse weather conditions may encourage some interesting birds to take up temporary residence in the county with most focus from birders
on the water bodies. A sheltered corner, even a local garden, may hold the biggest surprise though, as national rarities have been reported
from neighbouring areas in recent winters.