Birding club make a difference
Bristol Ornithological Club celebrates its 50th birthday next year. The club, which has some of its founder members still active, was founded in 1967, the same year that the first BTO Bird Atlas was released. BOC has played an important part in the history of ornithology, with many of their members contributing greatly to the study of birds; founder member Robin Prytherch has undertaken a long running study of Buzzards, and other members have made detailed and acclaimed studies of such birds as Peregrines, Reed Warblers and urban gulls. It’s produced an anniversary publication, along with a feature on 50 ways to enjoy birding, and 50 Birds of Avon, essays by members about their favourite local species. It is also holding a photographic competition as well as holding a dinner. Visit boc-bristol.org.uk for details.