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

Garganey put on a good show In April (David Tipling)

A showy Grasshopper Warbler photographed on the NWT reserve in early May (David Tipling)

A Glossy Ibis photographed by David Griffiths on 19th April

Red-breasted Goose bathing in the Eye Field pool (Graham Fellows)

Little Bunting at Colgate Hill (David Griffiths)

Channel Wagtail by David Griffiths

A fine looking Ruff photographed by David Griffiths

Wryneck at Kelling photographed at the end of April (David Griffiths)

Bearded Tit photographed from Daukes Hide in early May by David Tipling

Red-breasted Goose photographed by Steve Stansfield

Yellow Wagtail (David Griffiths)

Glossy Ibis by Paul & Jan Williams

Whinchat by David Griffiths

A White-tailed Eagle now a regular visitor, photographed by Tom Whiley

A family of Otters by Grahame Eckworth

(Please do remember to upload your photographs!)

Recent Sightings

Species Count Location Last Reported
Spoonbill 4 Cley Marshes 15/08/2022
Spotted Crake 1 Cley Marshes 15/08/2022
Whimbrel 3 Cley Marshes 15/08/2022
Black-tailed Godwit (European) 1 Cley Marshes 15/08/2022
Green Sandpiper 4 Cley Marshes 15/08/2022

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

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