Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory is supported by over 750 members, the life-blood of the Trust. We appreciate their membership and thank them for their continued support.

To join please fill out our online form HERE 👇


Download and print a form by clicking HERE to fill in and send it to us by post

All members are sent a monthly newsletter by email entitled “BayNews” updating them on the work of the Trust, recent sightings and serious (or not so serious) short articles. Those who do not have an email address are sent a quarterly printed version of “BayNews” that includes sightings from the previous three months. In addition all members receive a free copy of our Annual Report.

Members can enjoy our regular events such as our ever-popular Thursday illustrated lectures, our Wednesday courses and the regular guided birding walks. In addition to this, members can participate in all of our other activities including our quiz evenings and organised birding trips and holidays.

Members of the Observatory will receive a Toll pass which can be traded for a car window screen sticker at the Toll Gate for free access to the Bird Observatory (please note: passes give access to the SBBO Field Centre only).

Members also benefit from reduced accommodation rates at the Field Centre.

Without our members the Trust would not function: they are involved in Bird Observatory work including ringing and censusing, conservation, organising events and maintaining the Field Centre. For more information on volunteering please use this link.

Our membership runs from January to December.

Those joining on or after August Bank Holiday in any year have membership benefits for the remainder of that calendar year and the following calendar year.

There are several membership categories:

Category Cost
Individual £30
Joint / Family £40
Senior / Unwaged £25
Joint Senior / Unwaged £35
Junior (under 21) Free
Corporate £70
Life £600
Charity £50

If you have any concerns regarding the management of SBBOT please read our Complaints Procedure by clicking HERE.