Welcome to the British Ornithologists’ Club


The BOC’s objects are to advance education in the subject of ornithology for the benefit of the public by promoting scientific discussion between members and others interested in ornithology and to facilitate the dissemination of scientific information concerned with ornithology, and in particular avian systematics, taxonomy and distribution.


The BOC produces a Bulletin four times a year. Up to the end of 2016 hard copies were sent to all members. However, from 2017 the Bulletin became an open access online-only publication available for viewing and download at BioOne (click on the button in the right sidebar). We will continue to list the table of contents of each issue at the Bulletin Index page where you will also find the contents from earlier issues.


Bon Voyage? 250 years exploring the natural world
June 14, 2018 09:00am – June 15, 2018 05:00pm, World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN

The meeting marked the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific

The Club was delighted to join with the Society for the History of Natural History in a two-day meeting in Liverpool on 14–15 June  2018 to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. The meeting focused on the lives, encounters, contributions and legacies of many of those involved in the history of natural history exploration around the world, from land to sea—the risks they took, the discoveries made, their contributions to science, and the ingenuity and endeavour involved in the process. It also examined some of the complexities and controversies surrounding many centuries of natural history exploration and discovery.

We had an excellent meeting and will be posting a summary report on the 2018 Past Meetings page on this website.


The BOC holds regular meetings, mostly in central London (see the Meetings page for location and directions). The meetings are normally free and non-members are welcome.