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 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific

The Club is 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. We very much hope that as many as possible will come to what will be a very interesting two days. Please note also that the deadline for those wishing to offer a talk is the end of February. Details and booking form link are below:

SHNH summer meeting and AGM in association with the British Ornithologists’ Club
World Museum Liverpool
(Lunch and tour of Knowsley Hall, Wednesday 13th June)
Booking Form

2018 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. A pivotal moment in the history of exploration, Cook’s voyages influenced many areas of science and endeavour – from astronomy and geology to natural history and anthropology.

Joseph Smit portrait of The Spotted Green Pigeon (AKA The Liverpool Pigeon) Caloenas maculata, courtesy of NML (National Museums Liverpool)

This international meeting, held in association with the British Ornithologists’ Club, will focus 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 will also examine some of the complexities and controversies surrounding many centuries of natural history exploration and discovery.

Papers will include the following or related topics from any era covering any area of natural history – botany, zoology and geology:

  • Early expeditions and pioneers (whether famous, infamous or less well known)
  • Expeditions on land
  • Exploring the oceans
  • First encounters / new discoveries
  • Perilous journeys and risky encounters / retracing footsteps
  • Techniques for collecting, recording, preserving and transporting material back home
  • The role of local knowledge and development of relationships in the field
  • Long term legacies

Liverpool Accommodation

There are lots of accommodation options in the City Centre. The closest hotels to the World Museum are:

A bit further away are:

  • Easyhotel, 47 Castle Street, L2 9UA
  • The Richmond, 24 Hatton Garden, Liverpool, L3 2AA
  • Plus plenty of options in and around the Albert Dock
  • There are lots of self-catering and apartment type places too, mostly around the Hanover Street area.
  • See booking.com or Laterooms.com for more options.

Liverpool gets booked up really fast, so we recommend booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment (and to get the best rates!)


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.