Bird Sightings

Seen an interesting bird?  Then let us know by submitting a record on our on-line database.  It is easy to do but if you need some instructions take a look at the Submit Sightings Page.  To view the latest sightings just click on the menu item for Latest Sightings.

Some birds are not uncommon in other parts of the country or around our coasts, but may be in Buckinghamshire.  If you want to see just how scarce a particular species is then take a look at the Bucks List.

Upcoming Club Events

About the Club

The Buckinghamshire Bird Club was formed in 1981 and was granted charity status in 1989. It was formed with the objective of bringing together under one organisation all those interested in birds in the county. All birders from the complete novice to the skilled ornithologist are able to enrich their interest and encourage nature conservation by joining the Buckinghamshire Bird Club.

  • Garden Birdwatching
  • River Thames
  • Dorney Common fun for all
  • Young Bucks Birders
  • Bucks Bird Club offers
  • field trips
  • for members to join
  • IvinghoeBeacon
  • Lapwings in South Bucks
  • LittleOwl
  • Conserving local nature reserves
  • Conserving local nature reservesConserving local wildlife
  • Sabines Gull in Bucks
  • Sparrows in the Snow
  • Tawny Owl conservation
  • Breeding Terns in Bucks
  • Red Kites in the Chilterns
  • Young Bucks Birders

The website therefore contains information on club activities, club services as well as providing information on recent bird sightings.  In addition, information is provided to give birders access to the tools to allow them to contribute their own bird sightings.  Finally there is a variety of reference information which includes information on birding sites within the county, the bucks bird list and a selection of photographs of birds, all taken within the county.

While this website does provide birders with information on recent sightings, it in no way competes with the more comprehensive monthly bulletin and bird report and the Annual report, which all club members receive.  For details see membership page.
If you have and comments, suggestions or would like to contribute material for the website please contact Jim Rose.

HISTORY
The Buckinghamshire Bird Club was formed in 1981 and was granted charity status in 1989. It was formed with the objective of bringing together under one organisation all those interested in birds in the county.  Previously, no single natural history organisation effectively covered the whole of Buckinghamshire.   Now, all birdwatchers from the complete novice to the skilled ornithologist are able to enrich their interest and encourage nature conservation by joining the Buckinghamshire Bird Club.
AIMS
The main aims of the club are:

1. To advance the education of the public in the knowledge and understanding of ornithology in Buckinghamshire.

2. To collect data on birds and their habitats within Buckinghamshire, which is of value to conservation authorities, e.g. English Nature, BBOWT, RSPB and other relevant bodies.

3. To promote a responsible attitude in bird watchers.

MEETINGS
Indoor:-  Each Autumn and Winter, monthly indoor meetings feature illustrated talks by local and nationally known speakers, and are a welcome get-together for club members.

Outdoor :- Field meetings ranging from half day to weekend trips are held during the year and are attended by both beginners and experienced birdwatchers. Field meetings are held at sites within the county as well as interesting sites within a reasonable travelling distance.  An annual weekend to Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire takes place each autumn and even the occasional visit abroad has been arranged.

SURVEYS
The Club has organised a most successful Garden Bird Survey since 1986 and members assist in national surveys organised by the British Trust for Ornithology and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Club members also support local nature conservation by continuously surveying key sites in the county.

PUBLICATIONS
The Monthly Bulletin reports on club activities, topics of ornithological interest and provides details of the previous month’s bird sightings.   This is the key publication that keeps members informed of events within the club, as well as matters of concern to the bird life of Buckinghamshire. Click here for a sample (warning 362 KBytes)

The Buckinghamshire Bird Report is published annually and incorporates the County Recorder’s systematic list of reported sightings, the ringing report, detailed reports on rare sightings, and other articles.  This publication is sent free to all members towards the end of the following year.

The Birds of Buckinghamshire was Published by the club in 1993, a 350 page hardback sets out the history of 270 species recorded in the county since the mention of William the Conqueror’s hawks in the Doomsday Book. Based on the survey work of 140 members, the efforts of 16 members in writing the species accounts and edited by club members Peter Lack and David Ferguson, it has been received with acclaim. A milestone in the history of the club and a must for all interested in birds in Buckinghamshire. For more information click to go to The BBC Book Store

aboutMEMBERSHIP
By joining the Buckinghamshire Bird Club, you can add your voice to its conservation efforts whenever bird-rich habitats come under threat.   The more members we have and the more we learn about the birds of Bucks, the more effective our efforts will be. For more information click to go to BBC Membership Page

useful contacts

Buckinghamshire Bird Club officers, committee members and other useful contacts

Chairman Peter Garner 07947 675141 Chairman@bucksbirdclub.co.uk
Secretary Bill Parker Secretary@bucksbirdclub.co.uk
Treasurer Andrew Noel  01494 866195 Treasurer@bucksbirdclub.co.uk 
Membership Secretary Brian Shapley membership@bucksbirdclub.co.uk
Field Meetings Steve Marley 01296 660750 FieldMeetings@bucksbirdclub.co.uk
Indoor Meetings Jonathan Seabrook 07767 148119 IndoorMeetings@bucksbirdclub.co.uk
County Recorder Andy Harding 01908 565896 Recorder@bucksbirdclub.co.uk
Club Recorder Bill Parker ClubRecorder@bucksbirdclub.co.uk 
BTO Representative  Phil Tizzard  phil.tizzard@care4free.net
Bulletin Tony Hardware 07487 858610 Bulletin@bucksbirdclub.co.uk
Garden Bird Survey Richard Ness 01494 782423
Annual Report Mike Wallen 07976 560040 AnnualReport@bucksbirdclub.co.uk 
Conservation Rob Andrews 01442 827925  Conservation@bucksbirdclub.co.uk 
BBC Web Editor Jim Rose 01628 524660  webeditor@bucksbirdclub.co.uk