Events & Meetings

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HOC runs a programme of indoor and outdoor (field) meetings each year (restrictions permitting) and we are always pleased to welcome and help new members.
Indoor meetings are held between September and March and where possible are face to face (depending on Government guidance). Alternatively we hold meetings by Zoom.  We also offer a range of Field Meetings (with limited numbers) which can be booked in advance.

What you need to know

Field Meeting notices will give Ordnance Survey map references (found in the extended blurb section) and will also advise on the level of difficulty of the walk, indicating distance and gradients.

Members should take suitable food, clothing, a first-aid pack (and a torch for evening meetings) or as advised for individual meetings. Please do not bring dogs to any of the Field Meetings.

We encourage car sharing when travelling to distant meetings to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We offer a reduction in costs for any members who participate in car sharing - please get in touch for more details. 

For extra information about any field meeting contact the meeting Leader, email Stephanie Greenwood Field Events Coordinator, or check our Social media for any updates. 

Upcoming Events

  • Birds and climate change with James Pierce-Higgins
    10 Feb, 19:30
    Tarrington Hall, School Rd, Tarrington, Hereford HR1, UK
    James Pierce-Higgins is a member of the senior management team of the British Trust for Ornithology responsible for providing strategic leadership of the science of the organisation.
  • Bradnor Hill and Warren Wood - Golden Plover & Raptors
    15 Feb, 09:30 – 13:00 GMT
    Kington, Meet in the top car park above Kington Golf Club (satnav HR5 3RE)
  • Annual General Meeting
    Thu, 10 Mar
    Tarrington Hall
    10 Mar, 19:30
    Tarrington Hall, School Rd, Church View, Tarrington, Hereford HR1 4FE, UK
  • Ashleworth Ham & Coombe Hill, Glos. - Wildfowl & Waders
    Thu, 17 Mar
    Ashleworth Ham, Gloucester Wildlife Trust Reserve (SO828264)
    17 Mar, 09:30 – 13:00 GMT
    Ashleworth Ham, Gloucester Wildlife Trust Reserve (SO828264)
  • Elan Valley - Upland Birds & Raptors
    Tue, 05 Apr
    Elan Valley, Rhayader LD6 5HP, UK
    05 Apr, 09:30 BST
    Elan Valley, Rhayader LD6 5HP, UK
  • Spring in the Beacons - Craig Cerrig Hleisiad NNR
    Thu, 28 Apr
    Craig Cerrig-gleisiad, Brecon LD3 8NL, UK
    28 Apr, 10:00 BST
    Craig Cerrig-gleisiad, Brecon LD3 8NL, UK
  • Bythan, near Bromyard - Summer Migrants
    11 May, 09:30 – 12:30 BST
    Bromyard, Bythan Farm off Avenbury Lane, Bromyard
  • Castleton River Walk - Summer migrants
    25 May, 09:30 – 13:00 BST
    Hereford, Castleton Farm Rd, Hereford HR3, UK
  • Nightjars and Woodland Migrants (Evening)
    Thu, 02 Jun
    Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
    02 Jun, 18:00 – 22:00
    Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
  • Eurasian African Bird Migration Atlas with Stephen Baillie
    08 Sept, 19:30 BST
    Zoom meeting
    Stephen Baillie is the BTO Senior Research Fellow
  • Unravelling the mysteries of bird migration with Ieuan Evans (1)
    13 Oct, 19:30 BST
    online zoom event
  • Agricultural Practice and Birds with Mick Colquhoun & Ben Taylor-Davies
    10 Nov, 19:30 GMT
    Online Event
  • Pied Flycatchers with Ann Goodenough
    Thu, 08 Dec
    Online zoom event
    08 Dec, 19:30 GMT
    Online zoom event