Membership Details


The Group was formed in 1987 with the aim of promoting the study and the welfare of birds in the Bradford area. Through our indoor meetings, reports, websites and field trips we have been able to increase and share our birding knowledge. The Group's conservation efforts have considerably improved biodiversity for species, particularly at our Stockbridge Reserve where a wide range warblers breed and Water Rail over-winters. The erection of boxes for breeding birds, in woodland and at specific sites, has successfully encouraged species such as Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Barn Owl and Kestrels.

We organise a regular programme of walks to the best birding spots within the BOG area so that members can share their ornithological interests and knowledge.

Group Meetings are held on the first Tuesday in each month at The Link, Green Lane, Baildon. Meetings start at 7.30pm.

We normally have a guest speaker.   Meetings also include reports of recent local bird sightings as well as the opportunity to socialise with other local birders. Any non-member or guest is also welcome but they will be charged a small fee when there is a guest speaker.

The Lapwing magazine is produced on this Website twice a year and includes articles and photographs from members.   An Annual Report is also published from sightings contributed by local birders and written by members of the Group.

A copy of the Annual Report is given to members as part of the subscription.

Group Reserves
Members are given access rights to our Reserve at Stockbridge, Keighley and through special arrangements with Yorkshire Water, Thornton Moor Reservoir. Further details can be obtained from Shaun Radcliffe.

The General Committee - 2016/2017
Meets monthly on the third Tuesday. All Officers are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Group, from, and by, the Members of the Group. Records & Rarities issues are dealt with by experienced, well-informed birders led by Keith Moir.
  • Chairperson: Shaun Radcliffe -
  • Secretary: Vacant
  • Treasurer: Mike Bloomfield
  • Recorder: Keith Allen
  • Membership Secretary: Chris King -
  • Calendar Secretary: John Preshaw
  • Media & Publications: Paul King -
Download Membership Application Form
Bird Sightings and Records
Please submit records of your bird sightings if possible directly onto the electronic database on the BOG Website. Alternatively, an Excel spreadsheet is available for recording your sightings. We also have paper record forms that can be submitted at monthly meetings.  Please submit all records to our recorder, Keith Allen these forms to the Recorder, Keith Allen by 31st December. 

If you are fortunate enough to find a particularly rare or unusual bird, a formal written record and preferably your notes made at the time of the encounter will be required. The birds considered to be rare or unusual are listed elsewhere along with an Unusual Record Form for you to complete.
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