Welcome to Cley Bird Club

The Cley Bird Club (CBC) exists to bring together everybody who has an interest in the Birds of the Cley area in North Norfolk, UK.

As a visitor to this site you are free to view much of the content, but if you wish to submit your bird sightings or upload photos you must log in. If you have not yet registered, please do so, it is free and only requires you to give us your name and email address. This enables us to contact you if there is a query with your sightings or someone wishes to use one of your photos.


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About The Club

The Cley Bird Club was founded in 1986 and now has over 450 households as members. It aims to bring together people who enjoy birding in the Cley Square. 

Through this website and its regular newsletter, which is produced 3 times a year, it keeps local and visiting members up to date with birding issues and what is being seen in The Square.  Indoor meetings are held at Cley during the winter months and, in recent years, a Big Bird Day has been held in January to count birds in the Square.



We welcome new members, and membership of Cley Bird Club is only £4 per year per household. For this you will get full access to the Cley Bird Club website including all articles, the Forum and access to three newsletters in the current year as well as previous ones back to November 2011. These can either be read online or downloaded and then printed.

For an extra £5 per year you can receive professionally printed copies of the newsletter delivered directly to your door. Whenever in the year this application is made the member will receive 3 paper newsletters for that year.


Recent Highlights

A Little Auk in flight past Cley (Graham Fellows)

Snow Buntings at the end of the East Bank (David Tipling)

Pink-footed Geese at Salthouse in late November (David Tipling)

Common Scoters off Salthouse in mid October (David Tipling)

Caspian Gull (Tom Whiley)

A Marsh Harrier by Michael Clark

A Red-throated Diver by Geoff Snelson

Large numbers of auks mainly Guillemots have been seen feeding close inshore or washed ashore dead, this individual was photographed at Kelling by Steve Hale

Isabelline Wheatear found close to Arnold's Marsh in late November, photographed by Graham Fellows

A typically confiding Purple Sandpiper photographed on the beach in early October by David Griffiths

A swimmer sneaking up on a Little Auk on the sea off Cley (David Griffiths)

This Manx Shearwater photographed by David Griffiths hung around for a few days just offshore in late November

A 1st summer Iceland Gull photographed by David Griffiths in early October

This fine male Black redstart was photographed on the beach at Cley on 29 October (David Griffiths)

A family of Otters by Grahame Eckworth

(Please do remember to upload your photographs!)

Recent Sightings

Species Count Location Last Reported
Woodcock 1 Cley Marshes 02/12/2021
Puffin 1 Cley (sea) 29/11/2021
Little Gull 2 Cley (sea) 29/11/2021
Mediterranean Gull 5 Cley (sea) 29/11/2021
Long-tailed Duck 1 Cley (sea) 29/11/2021

Amber indicates a scarce species, Red indicates a description is needed for verification at county or national level

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