The BOC (formerly Reading Ornithological Club) was founded in 1947 to promote education and study of wild birds, their habitats and conservation in the Reading area and county of Berkshire.
Membership is open to anyone interested in birds and bird-watching, beginner or expert, local patch enthusiast or international twitcher. The club organises a full programme of events with indoor evening meetings and outdoor excursions. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and the annual Berkshire Bird Report.
Indoor meetings are held during the winter season at University of Reading on Wednesday evenings. Field excursions, held throughout the year, range from short walks to weekend visits to many top birdwatching sites locally and further afield.