About Glamorgan Bird Club

Enjoying & conserving local birdlife

Glamorgan Bird Club was formed in 1989 and is dedicated to the study and conservation of the bird life in this part of South Wales. We aim to cater for the needs of all birdwatchers in the area. The membership ranges from beginners and back-garden birdwatchers to those who are professionally involved in conservation, but our common interest is the enjoyment of birds.

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The Club became a registered charity in June 2009, but is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation or CIO [see below], and the membership is usually about 300. Click here for our constitution.

The club has a variety of roles. We are keen to bring the enjoyment of bird watching to as many people as possible, whatever their level of knowledge. Within the membership are a good number of very experienced bird watchers who are able to provide valuable help and advice to the less experienced amongst us.

Each quarter, members receive a newsletter (you can see past editions {link to be inserted}, keeping them informed about the activities of the club.

Events

The club holds regular indoor meetings on a wide range of subjects. These are designed both to entertain and inform the membership. We also run monthly field trips to well-known bird watching spots both within and outside Glamorgan. Led by some of our more experienced members, they have proved very popular, and the latter gives access to birds that are not normally to be found in the Glamorgan area. Within the locality, a monthly walk is also arranged. Click here to see a list of all the birds ever seen on Club trips [as far as memory and records permit!] – there are 279 of them!!

We have also undertaken a few overseas trips, reports of which can be found here under ‘Glamorgan Bird Club trips’. These have produced an impressive list of 394 species seen – click here to see.

The club is actively involved in conservation and survey work. We have been involved in providing information to planning bodies, local authorities and the like. As such, we are in a position to lobby such bodies in the interests of the bird life of the area.

Charitable status

Glamorgan Bird Club is now a Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation no: 1177991

The conversion to a CIO was approved by members at the 2018 AGM as was  the transfer of the assets (after the settlement of its proper debts and liabilities) of The Glamorgan Bird Club to Glamorgan Bird Club Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), following its registration with the Charity Commission and to dissolve The Glamorgan Bird Club.

The constitution submitted by Glamorgan Bird Club CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with its registration application to the Charity Commission.

Safeguarding

We have developed a safeguarding policy for everyone taking part in Club activities.

Health and Safety

We are conscious of health and safety issues. Please see the risk assessment document. Click the following links to see H&S advice on walks and field trips and nest box making.

Data protection

Under the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) we now have a privacy policy.

Code of conduct for volunteers

The committee has now drawn up a common sense list of guidelines to define expected standards of behaviour for any GBC member taking part in voluntary activities and helps ensure they understand what behaviour is expected of them.

Expenses policy

Due in some part to the cost of fuel nowadays, the committee has developed and decided on an expenses policy so that members officially representing the Club in approved ways, can claim back their expenses. If you need to make a claim, you can download a form.