How To Join


Then read on and consider joining Ogston Bird Club…………..

The Ogston Bird Club was formed in 1969 to fill a gap in the Derbyshire bird scene. It is intended to run as informally as possible whilst meeting the needs of birdwatchers across the ornithological spectrum.

The Ogston Bird Club and its Recorder are responsible for collecting all records of birds seen around the reservoir and Carr Wood each year and for preparing the annual report. The report is produced to a very high standard and is available free to Ogston Bird Club members. Members are encouraged to contribute by reporting their sightings in the hides.


Around 250 species of birds have been seen and recorded around the Ogston Reservoir and Carr Wood recording areas.  Of these, several species regularly breed in the area.
By joining the Ogston Bird Club you can increase your knowledge of the area’s birds and wildlife and support the club in its further aims to provide a place for everybody to watch birds and wildlife.
The Ogston Bird Club can provide people with that little extra information and knowledge to enjoy your bird watching and increase your expertise of birds at the same time.
The Ogston Bird Club can also provide you with a chance to meet some of the regulars down in the hides and share and compare experiences with other bird watchers.
You can also get involved with conservation work around the reservoir area by joining in with one of our organised working parties (these usually take place during the autumn and winter periods).

The opportunity to share in the maintenance and conservation of a SSSi site and the future of Derbyshire and migrant birds awaits you!

So is the Ogston Bird Club for you?


  • As a new member, we will send you a Welcome Pack which includes your membership card, a brief history of the site, a detailed map of the area around the reservoir, directions to site and a list of the last month’s bird sightings at Ogston.
  • Access to three members only bird observation hides.
  • Access to the Club’s own nature reserve – Jim Mart Nature Reserve (situated on Press Lane at Alton)
  • Copy of our excellent Comprehensive Annual Bird Report for each year of your membership.
  • Regular email updates about events at Ogston including Club Trips and on site volunteer work parties
  • Invitation to join our Facebook and Flickr groups where you can share photographs of Ogston’s Wildlife and talk with other members

10% discount at Hasland Pet Supplies on their range of bird foods to members on production of their membership cards. Free delivery for customers up to 10 miles of Chesterfield. Conditions apply. Tel: 01246 236595 for further information

If you are interested in birds, at any level of expertise, the Ogston Bird Club aims to offer you an opportunity to continue and expand your interest, in the direction you choose, by providing information, contacts, advice and hide facilities.


Membership Renewal Date – 1st January. New Members joining from 1st October will enjoy the whole of the following year as well, i.e., 15 months for price of 12. 

Existing members (only) can renew online using BACS transfer. Contact me – details below.

Adult Single: £12:00
Joint: £15:00 – Two adults living at the same address ( up to 2 supervised under 16’s can also visit free).
NB. Members without access to email and wanting a paper copy of the Club’s Newsletter please add £2.50 to cover postage.

Please note – you can make an additional voluntary donation to the club if you wish.

Please indicate if you wish to contribute a Gift Aid donation to the Club by signing where indicated. This does not cost you any extra. Thank you.

To join – please click the link below and print off the Membership Form:

Membership and Renewal Form

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Membership forms are also available in the Public Hide in the West Car Park.

Send your cheque or postal order (made payable to Ogston Bird Club) plus completed membership form to:-

Ogston Bird Club Membership Secretary
Steve Slack, 26 Bramble Way, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 0LH

Telephone Steve Slack, Tel. 07599 845298 or  E-mail for information.

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