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The Durham Bird Club was grown out of the Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle Natural History Society. After an initial period of relative uncertainty in the early 1970s the Club became consolidated in its own right in 1974. The Club has since been responsible for the recording and study of birds in the old vice county of Durham and the production of the county's Annual Report. We did not heed the changes to local government boundaries in the mid-70s and in the interests of maintaining historical continuity to the recording area, we still cover the area south of the River Tyne and north of the Tees, that is south Tyne and Wear, and north Cleveland and also the Startforth District of North Yorkshire, although Teesmouth Bird Club provides a much more focused coverage in the Hartlepool/Stockton area.

The Club is a registered charity (number 515101) and has a steady membership of between 300 and 350 members. We cater for all levels, from the absolute beginner to the dedicated twitcher, from the family to the serious scientist. Our aim is to ensure that everyone gets the maximum enjoyment from their pastime in the County.

The Club is always keen to diversify into areas which we consider to be an essential part of a county bird club's role. The Club has become directly involved in species and habitat conservation and linked with this is an active Projects and Surveys Group, which co-ordinates field work and survey needs. Through our Conservation Officer we contribute responsible comment on local planning issues and the Club liaises closely with local authorities and the offices of RSPB, English Nature, Durham Wildlife Trust and the British Trust for Ornithology.

The Club is ultimately built upon the skill and commitment of its most valuable resource, its membership. People will be the key to our future success and by your input we hope that even more expectations and demands can be met.

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Monday 28th November 2016 15:07

Bright Water Project and Castle Lake, Bishop Middleham

The Club is actively involved in the Bright Water Project and is seeking funding via the Heritage Lottery Fund for improvements to Castle Lake. This will be a key part of the Project and bring considerable benefits for the Club. We need to seek public support. This weekend we are having an open day when the public can come to the hide to learn more about this area and the birds that come there. Anyone who can assist, eg with parking or taking people to the hide, will be very welcome. Light refreshments will be available. Can you please let John Olley know if you can come on 07957816301 or by email at anne.olley@btinternet.com The events are Saturday 3 December 10.00 to 12.00 Sunday 4 December 13.00 to 15.00

Added by: Richard Cowen

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