Privacy & Cookies

BOC Privacy Statement

This privacy statement sets out how the British Ornithologists’ Club (“BOC”) complies with data protection legal requirements. This applies to the entire website. You can access this privacy statement by clicking on the appropriate link in the navigation menu.

BOC is committed to respecting the privacy of all visitors to its website. In general, the BOC website is structured such that you can visit it without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information. If you choose to provide us with any information by which you can be identified, we will only use it in accordance with this privacy statement.

For your protection, we are registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 and have given all appropriate notifications to the Information Commissioner. We may collect the following information: your name, address, e-mail details and other relevant information when you join the BOC, enquire about BOC membership, make a purchase, make a donation, request information or make general enquiries.
 If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write or e-mail us as soon as possible. Some pages use cookies to help us collect this information. See our policy on cookies (below) and what we use them for.

When you use this site and have not advised us to the contrary, you are agreeing that we may use your personal information for the purposes set out in this statement. We will not sell, distribute or lend your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required to do so by law.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. The shopping cart service that BOC uses for membership signups, donations, and publication sales implements encryption when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information.

The BOC website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. This privacy statement no longer applies once you click on external links that take you away from the BOC website to other websites. We are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites.

BOC Cookies Policy

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. In turn, this can help the BOC to provide a better service to website users. You can find more information about cookies at ICC UK or

A list of the types of cookies by category, including those used by the BOC website is set out below. The categories are based on the ICC UK Cookie guide.

Category 1: Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable users to move around the website and to choose to use certain features, such as accessing secure areas of the website and using  shopping carts or e-billing. For example, these cookies allow the BOC website administrators to log in and carry out updates and site maintenance, and BOC members to renew membership online, make a donation, or make purchases using the online shopping cart facility. No consent is required for these types of cookies.

Category 2: Performance cookies

These cookies collect information in an aggregated and anonymous form about how visitors use a website and if they receive error messages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. The BOC website uses cookies to collect anonymous information that includes the number of visitors to the site, where vistors have come from, the pages they visit, and the notifications they have seen so that we don’t keep showing them. By using our website, you agree that we may place these types of cookies on your device.

Category 3: Functionality cookies

Category 3 cookies are currently not used on the BOC website. These cookies allow a website to remember some information you share or choices you make (e.g. your user name, language, location) in order to provide enhanced, personalized features. For example, a website may use a cookie: to store information about your current location to provide you with local weather reports or other local services; to remember your preferences in text sizes or other web page customizations; to enable you to view videos or comment on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Category 4: Targeting or advertising cookies

Category 4 cookies are not used on the BOC website. These cookies are used to deliver more relevant advertising tailored to your interests, limit the number of times you view an advertisement, and provide a way to measure the effectiveness of an online advertising campaign. Such cookies are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission.