Newbury District Ornithological Club (NDOC) was founded in 1959 with the aim of promoting interest in birds and all aspects of their behaviour and habitats. Today the Club has a membership of around 90 and is open to all, expert or novice, with beginners particularly encouraged. Visitors are always welcome at Club events.
Field visits are arranged throughout the year, with small friendly groups visiting local sites in West Berkshire and neighbouring counties, looking for particular species at known regular spots and visiting the many varied habitats we are lucky to have in our area. We make day excursions further afield, and weekend or longer stays are arranged to more distant areas. In recent years regular birding holidays have been taken abroad to, for example, Poland, the Republic of Georgia and Eastern Turkey.
Experienced members are always on hand to pass on tips and help with identification and regular events are specifically arranged for help with, for instance, bird song and wildfowl ID.
During the winter months, evening meetings are held each month in Newbury, when invited speakers, many of whom are top ornithologists and photographers, talk on a variety of bird topics. Occasional social events are also held, where members can mix in a relaxed atmosphere for conversation and an exchange of news and ideas.
Become a member
All members receive a copy of the Club newsletter, Field Views, which is issued quarterly, either by post or by email and contains an up-to-date programme for the coming months. The annual membership card issued after payment of the year's subscription shows the proposed programme of events for the year.
The Annual Report based on local bird sightings is issued free when published.
Subscription rates for 2023 are:
Junior /Student: £6.00
The subscription year runs from January to December, and new members joining after September 30th will be given the first 3 months free. Payment can be made either by cheque, by standing order or by BACS – please use the enquiry form in the first instance.