About the Cley Bird Club

What we do

History

The Cley Bird Club was founded in 1986 by Eddie Myers with the purpose of communicating bird news from the area amongst local birders. The first newsletter was produced in April of that year and distributed to 75 founding members. Since then the membership has grown to well over 600 members from all over the country.

The main communication has always been via the three newsletters of up to 30 pages each which are currently produced during each year. As well as the recent bird news these include annual breeding reports from various sites within the Cley Square and also articles written by members.

Since the first local meeting took place in Wiveton Village Hall in April 1986, 3 or 4 meetings have been held during the winter each year but they are now held in Cley Village Hall. These take the form of a talk by a guest presenter followed by a discussion on the subject.

The newsletter has always been used to document and communicate local bird news to the membership but the basic data was not kept for future use. In 2006 a database of this information was created and data is now collected from many sources and permanently retained. We have now accumulated a useful source of data which is made available to conservation bodies and researchers. Data is sent monthly to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the British Trust for Ornithology (via Birdtrack) and to the Norfolk County Recorders.