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

    Visit to Blacktoft Sands RSBP Reserve, East Yorks for a good variety of waders and other passage migrants.
    Meet in reserve car park, SE843232, at 9.00am. Visit nearby Far Ings Reserve later.
    Leader: Kevin Sharpe

    BIGmig Day.
    An opportunity for members to be involved in a survey of visual migration as it happens. See September issue of Hobby for details.
    Organiser: Steve Blain

    'Past, Present and Future' by Richard Crossley, author of the acclaimed Crossley Guides, on his UK lecture tour. Richard was raised in Yorkshire but now resides at Cape May, USA.

    Day trip to Ouse Washes area for wintering wetland species.
    Meet at RSPB Ouse Washes Reserve, Welches Dam, near Manea, Cambs, TL469859 at 9.00am. Visit WWT Reserve, Welney, in the afternoon.
    Leader: John Tomlin


What to look for in Bedfordshire

October in Bedfordshire is a month characterised by the movement and arrival of our winter visitors. Observations of visible migration give a glimpse of this movement for those who find a suitable watch-point early morning and with favourable conditions, while overnight changes in the number of birds on our water bodies may also be notable. The month also offers the potential for a real county rarity, with a rare species list larger than other months of the year.

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.

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