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Ornithological Societies and Bird Clubs

'The Berkshire Ornithological Club (formerly Reading Ornithological Club, founded in 1947) promotes education and study of wild birds and their conservation in Berkshire. There is a full programme of events, with illustrated talks at the University of Reading fortnightly from October to April and excursions, including overseas visits, through the year. The excursions range from short walks to weekend visits and visit top birdwatching sites locally and further afield. All members are welcome – beginners or experts. Joining one of these trips can be an excellent way to discover new sites, meet other birders and improve your bird-watching skills.'

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Founded 1981. Regular programme of indoor and outdoor meetings.

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'Promotes the study, recording and conservation of birds in Cambridgeshire and encourages a wider interest in natural history and the protection of county wildlife habitats ... We have nine indoor meetings from September to May, and usually three field meetings in the summer months. Indoor meetings are held on the second Friday of the month. All are welcome to attend; there is a small charge for non-members.'

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'The Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society was founded in 1988 as the successor of the Cheshire Ornithological Association. The Society is actively involved with conservation issues in Cheshire and Wirral and works closely with the RSPB and English Nature ... The Society holds a winter program of talks held on the 1st Friday of the month, starting at 7:45pm. These cover many different aspects of birding, species conservation, reserve creation and maintenance and photographer’s experiences. Each year is varied and unique.'

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'Founded in 1955 the East Lancashire Ornithologists’ Club is the oldest in the county. We hold monthly meetings with a guest speaker and organise regular birding trips to many of the beautiful birding sites around Lancashire and adjoining counties.'

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'The Fylde Bird Club welcomes all birdwatchers whatever their specific interest. Whether you are a beginner, an expert, a casual local birder or a hard-bitten twitcher, a conservation worker or just want to meet other birders for a chat; we have something for you ... Our monthly Meetings are social events, which regularly include slide shows and talks by both our own members and outside speakers.'

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'The Club was formed in 1989, emerging from the Ornithological section of the Cardiff Naturalists Society. We’re dedicated to the enjoyment, study and conservation of the bird life in this part of South Wales and we aim to cater for the needs of all birdwatchers in the area, and membership is open to all and ranges from beginners and back-garden birdwatchers to those who are professionally involved in conservation. Our common interest is the enjoyment of birds ... We publish an annual Bird Report, organise a full year-long programme of field trips and walks, including a monthly walk at Kenfig National Nature Reserve, and a series of indoor talks and presentations from October through to April.'

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'The Gwent Ornithological Society, founded in 1961, has grown to become one of the most active county bird clubs in Wales. We are proud to have such a dedicated membership and would love to see our Society continue to grow with members all across the county. As a GOS member you will be supporting a Society which works for the protection of birds and their habitats in Gwent.' Indoor Meetings 'A fortnightly programme from September through to Easter, featuring an invited speaker. The meetings ... provide an opportunity to chat informally with like-minded people while enjoying tea and biscuits. Non-members are welcome.'

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Founded 1950:: 'We welcome everyone, from experts to novices and all who care about the future of birdlife in the County. Whether you are a professional ornithologist, amateur birdwatcher or a complete beginner, we value your support and encourage you to participate in Club activities. We organise field meetings to birding sites in Herefordshire and beyond, and an annual programme of talks on a wide range of subjects by local and national experts.'

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'Lancaster & District Bird Watching Society has a membership of about 200 people who have an interest in the birdlife of the area around Morecambe Bay comprising north Lancashire, south-east Cumbria and a small area of North Yorkshire in the north-west of England. The recording area includes a wide variety of habitats along the coast of the bay and inland from the low lying farmland around Cockerham to the south, the high fells of Bowland to the east and the Arnside/Silverdale AONB and Lake District southern fringe to the north. The area includes RSPB reserves at Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay as well as several Local Nature Reserves and other areas of particular wildlife interest. The Society organises monthly meetings throughout the autumn, winter and spring seasons held at venues in the area.'

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Founded 'by birding enthusiasts in Northamptonshire as a means of sharing the pleasure of wild birds and birding. We try to cater for all levels of interest from local birds to world-wide birding. We have members interested in recording bird sightings, in ringing, in doing regular surveys or bird counts, in photography and in travel. We meet on the first Wednesday of most months for an indoor meeting ... In summer we hold a couple of these meetings at a local birding site'.

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'We’re now the largest nature conservation charity in the country, consistently delivering successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves ... We have more than 140 RSPB local groups around the UK ... You can be as involved as you like with your local group - whether you take part in the extensive events program which each group organises, or get more involved with the everyday running of the group ... Be inspired at an indoor meeting, with illustrated talks, lashings of tea and coffee and the company of like-minded people.'

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'SOC exists to promote the study, enjoyment and conservation of wild birds and their habitats across Scotland. On the face of it, the SOC is a birdwatching club with 15 local branches across the country and a growing membership of over 3000. We bring together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation, through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club's quarterly members' journal, Scottish Birds. We are heavily dependent on keen volunteers and the support of our membership.'

'Formed in December 1972 as a forum for birdwatchers in and around the city with an active interest in ornithology ... Indoor meetings are held ... on the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August) and include: an illustrated talk by an ornithologist of local or national standing, news of forthcoming events, features on identification and local habitats and recent bird news from the Sheffield area.'

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Formed 1955: 'Meetings are normally held January-March and October-December ... The meetings are informal, informative and interesting. Why not come along, especially if you have not been before? You will learn more about birds and nature in general and be able to chat to others with similar interests ... The Society covers the County for national surveys and makes past records available for current research. It is actively involved in the partnership between the British Trust for Ornithology and county bird clubs.'

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'We are the voice of Suffolk birdwatchers. An independent birding group and registered charity founded in 1973 ... The Suffolk Bird Group runs a full calendar of indoor and outdoor events and all are welcome. The indoor talks cover a range of topics from local patches, foreign bird trips, conservation and the occasional interactive ones such as demonstrations of BTO Birdtrack and bird drawing tips.'

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'Since its formation in 1954 the Surbiton and District Bird Watching Society has grown to become one of the foremost ornithological societies in the South East of England, located about 25 miles to the South West of London. The Society has grown in strength and reputation, providing its membership with a consistently wide range of activities.'  Membership offers 'monthly indoor meetings feature a guest speaker giving an illustrated talk'.

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Founded in 2003 when 'a committee was formed and a programme of indoor meetings with guest speakers and outdoor field trips was drawn up. The club has largely stuck to that successful formula ever since. Our membership (including some loyal members from that first meeting) now number around 140, and we now meet regularly'.

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'Established in 1965 by people who attended an adult education class in order to continue with what they had learned ...  Indoor meetings take place most months (not July/August) on the first Tuesday. They usually feature a talk as well as a short meeting beforehand to deal with Club business.'

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