Ornithological Club



Herefordshire Ornithological Club (HOC), one of Britain’s longest established and friendliest bird clubs, was founded in 1950 and has over 400 members.  Our members have a broad range of interests, experience and expertise.  Friendly help, advice and encouragement will be found in plenty whenever you need it.

HOC exists to promote the study and welfare of wild birds and their habitats and the maintenance of ornithological records for the County.

We arrange Indoor Meetings from September to March with a wide range of speakers and illustrated talks.  There are also Field Meetings throughout the year across the county and some further afield.  Expert leaders will help you to identify the birds that are seen and heard.

Join HOC and you will receive

  1. HOC News our quarterly newsletter in Feb, May, Aug, Nov

  2. HOC Annual Bird Report with lots of interesting articles and details of bird sightings across Herefordshire

  3. Access to our website giving information about field trips, indoor meetings and recent sightings

  4. Introduction to HOC booklet

Membership fees are due on 1st January each year (unless you join after 1st September in which case your initial subscription lasts until the second year). 

We have various categories of membership:

Single adult                             £12

Joint adult (same address)     £18

Junior (under 18)                      £5

You can access the Web application form - May 2018 rev.pdf  Go to the page and use the print menu (ctrl P for PC, cmd P for Mac)

Life                                        £300

Senior Life (over 65)             £180

Senior Joint Life (over 65)    £270

You can access the Web application form Life - May 2018 rev.pdf Go to the page and use the print menu (ctrl P for PC, cmd P for Mac)

We look forward to welcoming you into the club.

Members should follow the Countryside code at all times when birdwatching. See this here

Herefordshire Ornithological Club is a registered charity England and Wales number 1068608