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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:

  • A MOUNTAIN MAN’s PERSPECTIVE ON BIRDS by PAUL BINGHAM on 10th Feb 2020 7:30:pm, at
    The combination of mountaineering and birding has dominated the speaker’s view of the world.  He will explain how and why with examples of birds in the hills and other wild places both at home and abroad. From his very early days Paul enjoyed wild and hilly places, rock climbing and general mountaineering. His time in the hills generated an interest in wildlife, particular birds and this evolved into a wider interest in birding both at home and abroad. His ideal days combine both interests either undertaking bird surveys, photographing birds or just enjoying wandering the hills and enjoying the wildlife. He contends that there are several similarities between birding and mountaineering which can influence your whole life and even distort your whole view of the world. Sounds intriguing!
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Our next field trip is:

  • BURTON MERE (Minibus) on 22nd Feb 2020
    Burton Mere, a wetland reserve on the Wirral peninsula close to the England Wales border. Expect to see some raptors and avocets perhaps even bearded tits and great white egrets.
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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.