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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 2019

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2019 Report of a long term survey of breeding birds on Magog Down Stapleford

31st Dec 2019

Bryan Davies, Mike Foley and Robin Cox, all of Cambridgeshire Bird Club. Summary The aim of this long term bird survey is…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - December 2019

7th Dec 2019

We met in the car park at 8.30am on 7th December and started the walk by checking the far hedge as the hanging feeders there…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - November 2019

9th Nov 2019

Delayed by a week because of gales and rain, we met at Magog Down on the 9th. It was chilly but gloriously sunny and still.…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - October 2019

5th Oct 2019

The month of October is a seasonal change for many birds.  Although we may believe that we still see the same individuals…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - September 2019

7th Sep 2019

Gathering at the car park at 8.00am on the 7th, we first stood and listened for birds, to hear only the restrained songs…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - August 2019

3rd Aug 2019

The morning of the 3rd August was particularly good for birdwatching as it was overcast yet bright and there was no wind.…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - July 2019

1st Jul 2019

For various reasons this walk was held just one day short of July, so we can justifiably add it to the Trust’s long…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - June 2019

1st Jun 2019

The walk was held on 1st June and we were blessed with sunny and windless conditions. We welcomed a new member who wanted…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - May 2019

4th May 2019

It was a sunny but windy start to the walk on Saturday 4th, and it quickly became obvious that the wind was deterring some…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - April 2019

6th Apr 2019

After welcoming three new members we stood for a while in the car park watching several birds in the far end hedge and alighting…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - March 2019

2nd Mar 2019

The morning started on a calm note and was overcast, which made it easier to check for birds high up in trees or flying by.…read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - February 2019

11th Feb 2019

Inclement weather on the first two Saturdays of the month delayed the walk such that the group meeting had to be cancelled. …read more

Report of Stapleford Bird Club - January 2019

12th Jan 2019

Members who met on Saturday 12th January were greeted by as many as 11 bird species in and around the car park - Blue Tit,…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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  • Bullfinch female.jpg
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  • Chaffinch.jpg
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