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Bird Club - come and join us!

If you have never given birdwatching a try do come along on the first Saturday of the month (meeting in the car park at 8am from April to October; slightly later at 8.30 am from November to March).

Membership is very informal–– just turn up and enjoy the birding walk. It is a healthy way of getting fresh air and exercise, and de-stressing while learning about birds.

We welcome new members of any age from beginners to life-time bird watchers. Sorry, no dogs

skylark_garth_cropped_250Photo: Skylark (Alauda arvensis) © Garth Peacock 2015

Long-term Survey of Breeding Birds

In February 2012, Bryan Davies and Robin Cox of Cambridgeshire Bird Club proposed a long term breeding bird survey on Magog Down.

Full reports of the first six years of this survey can be found here:

2017 Report

2016 Report

2015 Report

2014 Report

2013 Report

2012 Report

Bird Club first Saturday meetings under review

The monthly meetings of the Stapleford Bird Club have not taken place since March 2020, because of the Covid-19 epidemic. The walk leader has continued to visit most months, and his reports can be read under our News section.  He hopes to be able to take a group round again before too much longer.

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Bird reports 2018

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Report of Stapleford Bird Club - December 2018

8th Dec 2018

The walk was delayed by a week because of rain. Saturday the 8th was a beautifully sunny day but we were fearful that the…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - November 2018

9th Nov 2018

First, an apology to fellow club members and anyone who wanted to join us on the day.  The walk had already been delayed…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - October 2018

6th Oct 2018

The walk started with a thin mist shrouding the higher Down with drizzle becoming a little heavier as the cold breeze from…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - September 2018

1st Sep 2018

On yet another sunny morning with only a light breeze, we stayed in the car park for a few minutes to check the birds present,…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - August 2018

4th Aug 2018

The Club enjoyed a walk in July, but too late to be reported in The Messenger.  We noted 20 bird species, and remarked…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - July 2018

21st Jul 2018

The Leader’s Commitments on the first Saturday of the month, and again the following Saturday, delayed the walk until…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - June 2018

2nd Jun 2018

After meeting in the car park at 8.00am for our (fairly) early morning birding walk, we became “bird listeners”…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - May 2018

5th May 2018

The morning of 5th May was sunny and wind-less when we met in the car park at 8.00am. We quickly noted eleven species of…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - April 2018

14th Apr 2018

This month’s walk was held one week later than usual and luckily for us coincided with an abrupt change in weather,…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - January 2018

6th Jan 2018

New birders or walkers to the Down who want to read these reports can normally read them on the notice board or on the website.…read more

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Birds on Magog Down

We publish the monthly reports of Stapleford Bird club here, plus other occasional bird-related articles; hot links in each report will take you to the RSPB information page for each bird spotted.

The gallery below shows a random selection of the birds that have been seen on Magog Down.

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  • Dartford Warbler.jpg
  • Coal tit.jpg
  • Redwing.jpg
  • Chaffinch.jpg
  • Bullfinch male.jpg
  • Garden Warbler.jpg
  • Long tailed tit.jpg