Cambridgeshire Bird Club

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The Cambridgeshire Bird Club promotes the study, recording and conservation of birds in Cambridgeshire and encourages a wider interest in natural history and the protection of county wildlife habitats.

We record the County's birds in our Annual Report, so we need your records. We have a stunning Gallery, so we need your photos, and we have a video blog where you add your bird recordings. We do research, we have indoor and outdoor meetings, and we keep you informed with our regular print and online Bulletins. And have a look at our Facebook page.

You can see What's About? and we urge you to report interesting, sensitive or confidential sightings to the County Recorder.

We hope you enjoy your visit and come back soon.

Photo of the Year 2017


2018 AGM papers

2018 AGM agenda, 9 March 2018
2017 AGM minutes
Financial statements for 2017

Previous AGM papers

Spotted Flycatchers in 2018

We will continue this project for its third season into 2018. Cambridgeshire (with Devon) has been piloting ground-breaking geolocator research with the BTO and this will also continue, subject to funding.

Quite simply, we need EVERY record of SpotFlys in the county, from arrival in mid-May until departure.

Records please as usual to the database and to BirdTrack, or email

To see what we found in 2016 check out This page will be updated for the 2017 season at some stage...

Sand Martin Survey 2017

Sand Martins are the smallest of the hirundines to be seen in Cambridgeshire. The flight is often described as “weak” or “fluttering” but even so they migrate thousands of miles and are one of our first summer visitors. The earliest county record comes from the Nene Washes, the 27th February 1994, and the latest is from the Ouse Washes, the 17th November 1968.
A survey in Cambridgeshire should throw some light on the picture locally. It may also help us influence planning decisions and assess the value of purpose built nesting structures. The surveyors will be club members making specific notes of their observations during their normal bird watching.
Please visit the Research page for further details on the project and how to get involved.

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 9th February, St Johns Hall, Cambridge

Bird conservation and birding in Bangladesh by Rob Sheldon

Bangladesh is not a regular destination for tour companies with most focusing on India and Nepal. However, the country has many fascinating birding locations and hosts some high profile species on many birdwatchers’ ‘must see’ list. Sonadia Island is one of the most important wintering sites for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper and a range of other shorebird species. And the renowned Sunderbans hosts a good population of the elusive Masked Finfoot. This talk will highlight some the key birdwatching sites across Bangladesh, as well as discuss some of the ongoing conservation work for threatened bird species. More...

Friday 9th March St Johns Hall, Cambridge

Annual General Meeting followed by
Birds in the ancient world: winged words by Jeremy Mynott

Birds pervaded the ancient world. They impressed their physical presence on the daily experience and imaginations of ordinary people in town and country alike, and figure prominently in their literature and art.  They also provided a fertile source of symbols and stories in their myths and folklore and were central to the ancient rituals of augury and divination. Jeremy Mynott’s new book, Birds in the Ancient World: winged words, brings together all this rich and fascinating material in translation for the modern reader. More...

More information on Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites


The Club Bulletin is distributed to members six times a year in February, April, June, August, October and December. It contains a summary of recent reports, topical short articles and items of Club news. If you wish to receive our bulletins then you need to join us.
The Bulletin can either be mailed in paper form to members, or sent as a PDF email attachment. In addition, a more immediate monthly e-Bulletin with more detailed information and additional illustrations and photographs is distributed monthly, exclusively by email.
Members who wish to receive e-Bulletins (and / or their Bulletins by email) should provide their email details to the Editors, Peter Bircham & Chris Brown , who are always pleased to receive articles, papers and illustrative artwork for publication. If you would like to send in your records for inclusion in the bulletin summaries then see here.
Back-issues of Bulletins and e-Bulletins are available here.

Have you seen colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit?

The RSPB's Project Godwit has been colour-ringing Black-tailed Godwits, and would welcome any sightings.

More at Project Godwit

Bird Rescue

If you find an injured bird that may have a chance of rehabilitation please contact Chris Percival on 01223 860933. If there is no answerphone switched on, she is away and alternative arrangements will need to be made such as the RSPCA or a local vet.

Cambirds and Peterbirder

Cambirds is an unmoderated discussion group on Cambridgeshire birds and birding which is independent of the Cambridgeshire Bird Club. You do not need to be a member of the Club to participate in this forum, but you will need a Google account.

Peterbirder is a Yahoo-based discussion group for birdwatching, bird sightings and ornithology in Peterborough and the surrounding area. The group also welcomes discussion of all other wildlife in the Peterborough area. Peterbirder is not a part of Peterborough Bird Club.

British Birds magazine- free monthly newsletter

This is an initiative from Britain’s leading birding publication.

More at


Picture of the month for January
Hawfinch, Wimpole Hall
27th January 2018 ©Neil Bramwell
Richard Patient has made this month's selection.

"My eyes cannot help being drawn to the unfamiliar, and Jonathan Heath's ghostly Iceland Gull is seasonally evocative, whilst Bob Jarman's unusual gull must have provided a scare to the observers! Indeed, without such fine photographic documentation it could also have scared a records committee. Similarly Steve Cooper's shot of a House Sparrow shows again that there is variation even amongst the everyday. Phil Smith provided a lovely Lapwing and his shot of a Great Crested Grebe (plus Zander) was also a strong contender. However another action shot gets my vote for photo of the month - Neil Bramwell's Hawfinch preparing for take-off. It gives a rare angle on those unusually shaped inner primaries and is a fitting winner during an unprecedented winter for this species locally."

See all the pictures in the Gallery here

Previous Pictures of the Month can be seen here
Little Owl
CBC photograph of the year, 2016:
Little Owl ©Gary Thornton
The Club's congratulations go to Gary.

CBC photograph of the year 2016, 1st runner-up:Serins ©Nigel Sprowell

Short-eared Owl & Kestrel
CBC photograph of the year 2016, 2nd runner-up:
Short-eared Owl and Kestrel ©Geoff Harries

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