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.

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike, Biggleswade Common,
10th Oct. 2014 © Sean D'Arcy

Meetings − dates for your diary

  • THURSDAY 4th DECEMBER
    'Behind the Scenes' visit to the Bird Room at the Natural History Museum, Tring.
    There will be a charge of £7.50 per person including coffee on arrival. Book with Don Green as numbers are limited.
    Meet at 10.30am in Museum car park.
    Finish around 1.00pm.

  • 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

 

What to look for in Bedfordshire

November
November in Bedfordshire is a month of continuing arrival and settling in of our winter visitors. Increasing numbers of the more familiar visitors become noticeable in woods, fields and on our water-bodies. More unusual visitors can be found though inclement weather is often required to provide the highest probability of a county rarity.

December
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.