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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:

  • AGM and TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS of MANAGING LAND FOR WILDLIFE by BRIAN SHAW on 9th Mar 2020 7:30:pm, at
    Our meeting on March 9th is given by the group’s chairman Brian Shaw who has been attempting to manage two nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife for a number of years. The two reserves are very different, one a piece of woodland on Froggatt Edge and the other a wetland in Lincolnshire comprising  reed beds and ponds. The woodland has been very successful with pied flycatchers and other species being easily attracted to nest boxes, some not always welcome. The wetland has proved more difficult to manage and there have been successes with some species e.g. marsh harriers and kestrels but also some failures and difficulties with managing the vegetation in an area known for its good growing conditions. Our photo shows the wetland in spring when it abounds with whitethroats, sedge and reed warblers, reed buntings, tree sparrows and kingfishers. Some species have proved elusive however despite Brian’s best efforts. Come along and hear the full story. This should be one of the more light hearted talks this year but hopefully no less entertaining. It will be slightly shorter than normal as the AGM will be held at 9.00pm afterwards. Visitors are welcome to stay for the AGM or leave after the coffee break if they wish but members are urged to stay.
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Our next field trip is:

  • DRAKELOW (Own car/car share) on 21st Mar 2020
    This reserve consists of old gravel pits and riverside meadows in the Trent floodplain. The variety of habitat attracts a wide range of species.
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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.