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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:

  • NATURE’S IMAGES by Steve Williams on 14th Jan 2019 7:30:pm, at Friends Meeting House
    Our speaker on January 14th is Steve Williams local award winning photographer and group leader of Chesterfield RSPB.  From the warmth of our armchairs we will visit the mountains of  Northern Norway in the depths of winter at -14oC to watch Golden and White Tailed Eagles and a surprising variety of other birds. Despite the white tail the eagle in our photo is in fact a Golden Eagle, a first year bird. Steve will then move on to Finland for Brown Bears and Dumfriesshire for Kingfishers and hares. Be prepared for some stunning images!
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Our next field trip is:

  • ATTENBOROUGH (Car share) on 26th Jan 2019
    Our January field trip on 26th is to Attenborough nature reserve in the Trent valley south of Nottingham. It’s a chance to see or more likely hear the booming Bittern which is known to winter there. Meet in the car park or go by train from Matlock direct to Attenborough station.
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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.