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Welcome to Bakewell Bird Study Group, please use the links above to navigate the site. If you would like to get in touch or find out more please use the contact details for the relevant person on our committee page. A selection of local sightings and what we have recently been up to can be found by clicking here and a full history of the group can be found at the bottom of this page.

Our next indoor meeting is:

  • NATURAL NORTHUMBERLAND by Susan and Allan Parker on 8th Oct 2018 7:30:pm, at Friends Meeting House
    Holy Island, the Farnes and the Breamish Valley make Northumberland one of the best areas in England for seabirds and moorland birds. Susan & Allan are a husband & wife professional photographic team producing images on most aspects of natural history. Allan’‘s other photographic passion is aviation photography. They have been professional photographers for thirty-five plus years. They have travelled throughout the UK including many of the Scottish Islands; extensively around Spain, and other areas around the Mediterranean. Other trips have taken in Florida and Texas in the USA. For a period of twenty or so years Allan was employed as a tutor by the Workers’ Educational Association and helped by Susan taught Birdwatching and Natural History skills at venues in Sheffield and Chesterfield finally retiring in the Spring of 2007 due to other commitments. In the past he has been employed, teaching the same subject, for The University of Sheffield. Allan is an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society gaining his Associate Distinction with a panel of bird images. Allan & Susan have had Natural History and Aviation images published throughout the world via their Picture Agencies. Allan and Susan are long standing members of both the RSPB and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Allan is a past President of the Rotherham Ornithological Society.
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Our next field trip is:

  • MIDDLETON MOOR (Own car/car share) on 22nd Sep 2018
    A site that regularly features in our monthly call-over of local sightings and one that has been monitored by the group until recently. New members especially invited
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History of the group

Bakewell Bird Study Group was first formed because in the early 1980’s, the University of Sheffield ran several Adult Education courses in Bakewell, Derbyshire.  One of these was a very successful course in Ornithology. After about five years the course finished and courses on other aspects of natural history took its place.

The Ornithology class members were keen to continue and decided that one way of doing this was to form a local independent group. After much persuasion from former class members, in particular Margaret Warren and the late Joan Challinor, an informal meeting was held in July 1987 with the above two ladies and the class tutor – Alan Gladwin, to look at the possibility of forming such a group.

We had no membership and no organisation so we appointed ourselves as committee members and along with other ‘volunteers’ formed a one year steering committee.

An indoor and an outdoor meetings programme was put together with the first indoor meeting taking place in early September 1987 Over 70 people came to the first meeting. During the first year the steering committee met on a monthly basis and the Group logo (the Dipper) was chosen and a constitution written.

The Group aim was to promote an interest in wild birds, their habitats and conservation with particular reference to the Bakewell area (the four 1km squares SK16, SK17, SK26, & SK27) by means of lectures, discussions, field trips and ‘other appropriate activities‘. The aims of the Group remains the same today and ‘other appropriate activities‘ include a call-over at the indoor meetings, the collation of local bird records, a Group newsletter, a library, local nest box schemes, and a now bi-annual all day watch.

Two ten year reports have been produced, summarising the status of the local bird population. The Group maintains an interest in the development of the lagoons at Middleton Moor.