Cambridgeshire Bird Club

Welcome to our website

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.

Next indoor meetings:

Cottenham Village College

8th Feb: The Magic of Spurn by Lizzie Bruce

8th Mar: Annual General Meeting followed by Colourful birds and classic cars in Cuba by Ruth Miller and Alan Davies

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 , 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

Short-eared Owl

Picture of the month for December
Short-eared Owl, Burwell Fen
28 December 2018 © David Ball

Jenny Brightwell made this month's selection:

"The picture of the month for me is David Ball's head-on shot of a Short-eared Owl. The facial disc and eyes are so sharp against the out-of-focus background – quite a challenge with birds in flight. Along with the movement, the intense and direct focus of the Owl makes a real connection, which is what makes this image really stand out for me. Great photograph. There were some other excellent photos (and birds) in December, not least the Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, White-fronted Goose and Slavonian Grebe, plus a stunning Blackbird, all on my short list."

See all the pictures in the Gallery here

Previous Pictures of the Month can be seen here
Grey Partridge
CBC photograph of the year, 2017:
Grey Partridge©Gary Thornton
The Club's congratulations go to Gary.

CBC photograph of the year 2017, 1st runner-up:
Hawfinch ©Geoff Harries

Spotted Flycatcher
CBC photograph of the year 2017, 2nd runner-up:
Spotted Flycatcher ©Nigel Sprowell

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