Welcome to the British Ornithologists’ Club

What we do

We are passionate about educating the public in the UK and world-wide in all things ornithological including avian systematics, taxonomy and species distributions. We provide a platform for the publication of open-access scientific information, via the Bulletin, as well as hosting discussions on key ornithological issues.


In 2020 we published, in the Checklist series, The Birds of Cuba. It is obvious, we think, that such a book should be available in Spanish, the language of Cuba, for the benefit (and pleasure) of all of its population, as well as many people in the wider Caribbean and South American region. For this reason, it’s a pleasure to make this available in an accessible PDF format. The essential parts of the text was translated by two of the original authors, Andy Mitchell and Arturo Kirkconnell and proofed by Nathaly O’Farrill.  The translated version is available here.


The BOC produces a Bulletin four times a year in an open access online format available for viewing and downloading at BioOne. The list of the table of contents of each issue is available at the Bulletin Index page where you will also find the contents from earlier issue. These are available to view on the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) website.

The latest issue of the BOC Bulletin (Vol. 143, No. 1 – March 2023) is now available for viewing or download. You can view the table of contents, abstracts and references, full text or downloadable PDFs of individual papers as well as the complete issue at the BioOne Complete website. You can also view the table of contents and download a PDF for the complete issue on the BOC website.


The next meeting will be on Monday 22 May 2023 at 6.30pm in the upstairs room at the Barley Mow, 104 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2EE when Dr Richard Sale and Steve Watson will introduce their ground breaking book The Peregrine Falcon. The Peregrine Falcon is a comprehensive 528-page book on this most iconic raptor and it investigates all aspects of Peregrine life, from plumage, through diet, population dynamics, breeding and survival.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase on the night at the discounted price of £45. The talk will not be Zoomed  live but will be recorded and put up on YouTube shortly afterwards.


We publish blog posts which tell the stories of papers published in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club and look at pertinent issues in ornithology.

Read the latest blog posts here: