Commemorative Talk for BOC 75th Anniversary


The Reading Ornithological Club, which went on to become the BOC, was founded seventy five years ago, in 1947. To mark the event, two of our past Presidents, Andy Swash and Neil Bucknell, and our current President, Renton Righelato, will celebrate some of the highlights of the Club’s history and its contributions to ornithology.

Renton will review the changes in our landscapes and the bird assemblages they support that have occurred since 1947, from the exigences of post-war reconstruction, to the effects of agricultural intensification in the 1960s-80s and on to today’s growing environmental awareness.

Neil will present an “alternative” history of the avifaunas, the theme being the changes (particularly in technology) that have revolutionised the way we record the birdlife of the county.

He will also read a few words on Andy Swash’s behalf where he shares memories of his time as Chairman and President of the BOC.

Birthday cake and soft drinks will be provided!

Member or non-member, all are welcome. To enjoy the cake, come in person to the meeting at the University of reading, Palmer Building, room 109, at 8pm, or you can join on Zoom by clicking on this link.