How To Join

The Ogston Bird Club is for all those who are interested in birds, their observation, study and conservation and is an opportunity to gain further insights into the birds at one of Derbyshire’s premier bird watching sites.

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 publishes a “Newsletter” to try and link the membership to each other providing information on what’s going on, current issues and forthcoming events on the Ogston bird scene. The “Newsletter” contains a mixture of topical articles, news items and a comprehensive summary of the bird sightings.

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.

Around 240 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).

So is the Ogston Bird Club for you? Your membership will include the following:

A newsletter three times a year including local updates, bird notes, committee meeting and conservation work reports, etc.

Regular e-news digests on Ogston and the bird world in general.

Annual Bird Report.

Access to three bird observation hides and sharing with the knowledge and expertise of other members.

Access to the Club’s own nature reserve – Jim Mart Nature Reserve.

Participation in photographic and ID competitions on-line through the members Flickr group.

Monthly walks and organised leader day trips to other key birding sites.

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

The opportunity to help with the recording of bird sightings around the reservoir area.

5% discount at Taylor’s Pet Stores around Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire on production of your membership card.

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. Memberships from 1st October incorporate the whole of the following year, i.e., 15 months for price of 12. 

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 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. Thank you.

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

2019 Membership Form

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Membership forms are also available in the dispenser at the Club Gate in the West Bank Car Park or in the Public Hide.

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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