Welcome to the Herefordshire Ornithological Club

The Herefordshire Ornithological Club (HOC), founded in 1950, promotes the study and conservation of birds in the County: aims that have become increasingly important. We are supported by over 300 members, providing opportunities for them to pursue their hobby and ornithological interests.

We welcome everyone, from experts to novices and all who care about the future of birdlife in the County. Whether you are a professional ornithologist, amateur birdwatcher or a complete beginner, we value your support and encourage you to participate in Club activities.

We organise field meetings to birding sites in Herefordshire and beyond, and an annual programme of talks on a wide range of subjects by local and national experts, all of which can be found in our calendar.

In our monthly blog and recent sightings  you can read about the birds of interest seen recently in Herefordshire and what to look out for in the month ahead. We collate thousands of records of birds seen in the county; organise local field studies of particular habitats and bird species and contribute to national surveys. We publish regular Newsletters and an Annual Report.

We are always looking for new ways to engage with individuals, communities and other relevant organisations from across rural Herefordshire and beyond.

Interested?  Please join us and share your enthusiasm and ideas. You will be most welcome.

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Sightings

Please submit sightings that might be of special interest to local or visiting birdwatchers, such as newly arrived migrants, unusual bird species or counts to GoingBirding. Other records please submit directly to BirdTrack.

Pied Flycatcher
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Some nice local sightings today: pair of Kestrels mating in a tree near Hereford, lots of House Martins nest building at Lugg Mills, my first county Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat at Lugg Meadows, then to top it off first Swifts at Walford Pools this evening! @HerefsBirds

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