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.
Lesser Grey Shrike, Biggleswade Common,
10th Oct. 2014 © Sean D'Arcy
Meetings − dates for your diary
TUESDAY 16th DECEMBER
'The Birding Year - 2014' by Richard Bashford. A review of the Birds recorded in Bedfordshire on video by our own talented photographers.
DVDs will be available to purchase but seasonal refreshments will be free. Please bring some cash for the raffle.
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 11th JANUARY
Day trip to Isle of Sheppey, North Kent for a good variety of wintering birds.
Meet in Swale car park, Shellness, near Leysdown, Sheppey, TR052682 at 9.00am
Leader: Peter Soper
SUNDAY 18th JANUARY
The Great Duck Hunt. Our annual countywide census of wildfowl.
See November issue of Hobby for details.
Organiser: Steve Blain
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.