Berkshire Ornithological Club

Latest bird news, provided by

Loading birdnews...


Fobney Island Work Party - Sunday 16th November 14 Nov

We are seeking volunteers for a work party on Fobney Island on Sunday 16th November from 10h to 13.00h. An extensive invasion of willow has made the scrapes unsuitable for waders and ducks; we have removed what we can mechanically, but need to finish the job by hand cutting and clearing. The area is muddy, but provided water levels do not rise too much, wellington boots will suffice to keep feet dry!

If you can help, please email Renton Righelato ( (tel 0787 981 2564) so that we can ensure we have enough tools and biscuits.

Meet at the entrance to the reserve at Fobney Lock (there is a small car park at the end of Island Road at SU706710).

Thanks for your help.

Renton Righelato - 12 Nov 2014

Mid-week Walk Change of Venue & January Indoor Meeting Change of Date 8 Nov

Please note the following two changes to the Club's programme :-

Mid-week Walk - Thursday 20th November

Due to parking problems at Wraysbury the Mid-week Walk on Thursday 20th November will now be around Twyford Gravel Pits.
The meeting time is 10am in the car park beside the Wagon & Horses pub on the Old Bath Road, west of Twyford (at SU784760).
A similar variety of winter water birds and passerines are to be expected. Please note that, given the recent rain, the paths may be muddy.

Indoor Meeting featuring a talk by Graham Whitehead "The Birds of Kuwait"

This meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st January (not the 14th as advertised in the published programme).
The subject sounds just the thing to warm us up on a chilly January evening!

A W Seaby Exhibition at Reading Museum 22 Oct

Last week a lovely exhibition opened at Reading Museum: A W Seaby was a pioneering artist and printmaker, like his gransdon, Robert Gillmor. This is the first time that such a comprehensive collection of his work has been put on show. Many people will be familiar with his wonderfully coloured prints, perhaps without knowing his name. The exhibition runs to March next year. To go with it,Two Rivers Press have published a slim volume by Martin Andrews and Robert Gillmor, which has good colour reproductions. More...

Allen Seaby Cover

BOC Tree Sparrow Project Appeal 19 Aug

As you probably know, Tree Sparrows have been lost to us as breeding birds in Berkshire, though there have been a few winter records over the last four years. This Autumn the BOC will be trialling a Tree Sparrow recovery project, drawing on the success of projects in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. The project involves feeding grain (millet is preferred) from October to April. Feeding stations will be set up at a number of locations where Tree Sparrows have most recently been seen and if they are found, nest-boxes will be provided nearby.

Can you help by donating spare general grain feeders or nyger feeders? We need medium/large capacity, robust feeders and sealable, weatherproof and rodent-roof containers, capable of holding 25kg bags, as grain stores. If you can help, please contact Renton Righelato (; telephone 0787 981 2564).

New season programme announced 18 Aug

The Committee has put together another great programme of events for the new season, both indoor meetings and field trips. The indoor meetings will feature some top speakers on a variety of bird topics – something for everyone - with almost all meetings taking place in our usual venue in the Palmer Building at Reading University. Outdoor excursions will take us to many fine birdwatching sites, both near to home and further afield – some by car and others using a shared coach. Most outings are day or half day outings, but there are a few weekend options as well. All trips have named contacts so please talk to them to find out more and check that the trip is taking place as advertised. For weekend and longer trips please contact the leader well in advance to allow all the arrangements to be made. The programme card contains information about both indoor meetings and outdoor trips, so keep it handy as a reminder. Printed copies of the Membership/Programme Card will be available at indoor meetings.

2009 and 2010 Birds of Berkshire Annual Reports 1 May

The 2009 and 2010 Birds of Berkshire Annual Reports are now available from the Secretary for £7.50 each plus P&P (£1.50 per report + £1 per additional report) (Cheques payable to Berkshire Ornithological Club). Free to BOC Members.

BOC Photographic Competition 2014 – Results 18 Mar

(Sponsored by London Camera Exchange) Judges David Cottridge and Dickie Duckett commented on the general excellence of the entries in this year’s competition, making for some tough decisions on winners and runners-up in the three categories - which can be seen here. The audience of Club Members then voted for the overall winner and recipient of the Gordon Langsbury Trophy, which was Brian Winter for his delightful portrait of a Little Owl.

Little Owl by Brian Winter

BOC Norfolk Weekend - Feb 2014 25 Feb

The dreadful weather of the first weeks of the year, which had already wiped out two events, left many of us with low expectations of this year’s trip to Suffolk and Norfolk: in the event we got away remarkably lightly and were able to complete most of the outlined programme. Read more...

Fobney Island Monitoring Report 2013 12 Jan

The Fobney Island Monitoring Report 2013 has been published and can be viewed here.

Request for Volunteers to Help Club 7 Jun

We still have no-one to look after publicity for the Club. The job of publicity officer is fairly large, so we are looking for people to take responsibility for different aspects. If you are interested in helping with any of the following, please contact Mike Turton at :

  1. Distribution of BOC publicity leaflets and posters to libraries, nature reserves, etc. (please state which part of the county you'd be willing to help with distribution in)
  2. Coordination of leaflet distribution
  3. Design and production of publicity leaflet, posters, etc.
  4. Advertising events on community websites
  5. Passing information on Club activities to the local media
  6. Helping on stands at local events
  7. Coordinating BOC presence at local events - identifying events, contacting organisers, arranging for volunteers to help on the stand

If you would like to offer to help with any other areas of publicity not included in the above list, please let Mike know.

Ray Reedman would also like some more people to help with organising and running the outdoor excursions for the Club. If you would like to help, please contact Ray on .

More news stories


Please help the club by using the services of our Supporters.

Birds of Berkshire New Atlas

How to Submit Records

All Berkshire sightings are welcome. Options to submit them are found here.

Facebook Group

Latest reports

2010 annual report 2009 annual report 2008 annual report 2006/07 annual report 2005 annual report 2004 annual report

New report JUST PUBLISHED - April 2014!

The 2009 and 2010 Reports are now available from the Secretary for £7.50 each plus P&P (£1.50 per report + £1 per additional report) (Cheques payable to Berkshire Ornithological Club). Free to BOC Members.

Previous Reports STILL AVAILABLE

Previous reports (2004 onwards) are still available for £6 plus £1.50 P&P. Any two reports purchased (excluding 2009 and 2010) will qualify for a £2 discount from the total price. Please add P&P of £1.50 for a single report + £1 for each additional report. There is also a limited stock of reports prior to 2004 available for the cost of P&P only - please contact the Secretary for availability

© 2004-2014 Berkshire Ornithological Club
Registered charity no 1011776