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

This fine Sabine's Gull after spending much of the day at Cley flew off west in the early evening (Graham Fellows)

A Little Stint photographed by Geoff Snelson

An August one day wonder, this Sabine's Gull was enjoyed by many (Graham Fellows)

Red-backed Shrike photographed on Blakeney Point by David Griffiths on 23 August

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

This juvenile Red-backed Shrike although often a little elusive showed well with patience (David Griffiths)

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

Female Common Scoter (David Griffiths)

This Bonaparte's Gull captured by David Griffiths put in a brief appearance in early October

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

Greenish Warbler on Blakeney Point (David Griffiths)

This fine breeding plumaged Pacific Golden Plover showed well on the Serpentine at Cley (Graham Fellows)

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Recent Sightings

Species Count Location Last Reported
Long-tailed Duck 1 Salthouse (sea) 26/10/2021
Merlin 1 Salthouse 26/10/2021
White-billed Diver 1 Cley (sea) 26/10/2021
Little Gull 5 Cley (sea) 26/10/2021
Cetti's Warbler 1 Kelling WM 25/10/2021

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

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