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 fox isn't always a welcome visitor to the reserve (Steve Gantlett)

Drake Velvet Scoter taken at the Coastguards by Steve Gantlett

Sand Martins have returned to Gramborough Hill (David Griffiths)

Cley's own very obliging Lesser Yellowlegs (Steve Gantlett)

This Firecrest recently showed well at Salthouse (David Griffiths)

A Chiffchaff - their song is one of the first welcome signs of spring! (Steve Hale)

This Black-necked Grebe spent some of lockdown near Iron Road (Steve Gantlett)

Another sign of spring - a very smart male Common Wheatear (David Griffiths)

This Common Buzzard was photographed in perfect light conditions on Kelling Heath (Steve Gantlett)

A flock of Common Crossbills on Kelling Heath (Steve Gantlett)

This shot of one of the recent White-tailed Eagles with an accompanying Common Buzzard shows just how huge they are! (Tom Whiley)

This lovely shot of a Red Kite was taken by Gerald Sabran

A Raven flew over Cley on 21st March. They are being reported much more frequently. (David Griffiths)

This male Ring Ouzel was photographed at Salthouse. (David Griffiths)

A Ringed Plover at Salthouse (Steve Hale)

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Recent Sightings

Species Count Location Last Reported
Bearded Tit c.3 Cley Marshes 28/07/2021
Garganey 1 Cley Marshes 31/07/2021
Green Sandpiper 5 Cley Marshes 31/07/2021
Common Sandpiper 3 Cley Marshes 30/07/2021
Wood Sandpiper 1 Cley Marshes 30/07/2021

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

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