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.

Photo of the Year 2016


AGM Papers 2017

2017 AGM agenda
2016 Chairman's report
2016 AGM minutes
2016 Accounts

Previous AGM Papers

Cambridgeshire Bird Reports

Almost all of the annual Cambridgeshire Bird Reports are now available and can be downloaded from the Reports page. The very first published Report (1927) has now been added. Reports 2001 to 2008 are being prepared for uploading.

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.

Spotted Flycatchers in 2017

The Project continued successfully through the summer; most of the birds are probably now (mid-August) on their way to Africa. Hopefuly our geolocator results will give us some idea of where to!

We still need every record of Flycatchers seen this year, and we hope that everyone who knows of (or hears about) a nesting pair will let us know.

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

To see what we found out last year, check out This page will be updated for 2017 at some stage...

Next indoor meetings:

Friday 8th September, Cottenham Village College

Research on the Pied Flycatcher by Malcolm Burgess

Friday 13th October, Cottenham Village College

Giving Wildlife the Edge on Fenland’ drains by Cliff Carson

After managing the RSPB and The Wildlife Trust Ouse Washes Reserves from 1975 for 30 years, Cliff Carson moved to the join the Middle Level Commissioners in 2005. In his role as Environmental Officer for this large Fenland drainage authority, he works to enhance the rivers and drains of the Middle Level system for biodiversity. More...

More information on Meetings...

Maps of meeting sites

Have you seen colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit?

Project Godwit have colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit and would like your sightings.

Project Godwit poster

Project Godwit


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.

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.

British Birds magazine- free monthly newsletter

Many members of the CBC will already be subscribers to British Birds or may have taken up trial offers available recently. Whether you subscribe or not, however, you may like to receive their free e-newsletter every month. This offers a flavour of what has been published recently and what is in the pipeline in areas such as book of the month, news and comment, the rarities section and further special offers.
This is a new initiative from one of Britain’s leading birding publication. It covers the UK and Western Palearctic and has been the birdwatchers’ journal of record since 1907. It is read and recommended by many well known amateur and professional ornithologists, writers and photographers with Simon King stating that “British Birds is the gold standard of ornithological literature in the UK”.
To receive the newsletters, just log on to and complete the sign up form at the bottom of the page. Give it a try!

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.

Leach's Storm Petrel

Picture of the month for September
Leach's Storm Petrel, Grafham Water
17th September 2017 ©Simon Stirrup
Jonathan Taylor made this month's selection.

"Capturing the stormy mood for September the best photograph is split between James Hanlon’s series of Manx Shearwater shots that showed really well off the dam at Grafham Water before surprisingly flying off in daylight, followed by the Leach’s Petrel at the same seabird capital. A species which for me is the most graceful of all seabirds whose life is the juxtaposition between agile oceanic wanderer and one of constant peril! Relying normally on the nocturnal hours to carry out its movements, Neil Bramwell captured it attracting the attention of a passing Yellow-legged Gull whose intentions could be mistakenly interpreted as playful. Simon Stirrup's photo is my choice though, with a curious Pied Wagtail tagging the petrel – proving its' novelty to the resident birds and not just the visiting birders."

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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