The Observatory is a registered charity run by the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust, which in turn is administered by the Council of Trustees. The Trust is governed in line with our charitable aims and our Constitution (click here to view). The trustees usually meet at least once a month to oversee the running and financial management of the charity. The committees described below report to the trustees.
A number of committees oversee various aspects of the Trust’s work including reserve management and conservation, ringing, shop, volunteers and clubs. Members of the Trust, as well as Trustees sit on these committees and ensure that the Trust continues to function effectively.
All members of the Council of Trustees are elected at the AGM in May.
Documents associated with the previous AGM can be downloaded here:
Members can volunteer for any of the other committees at any time during the year. Fresh ideas and enthusiasm are always welcome!
If you have any concerns or complaints please let us know. You can find a copy of our Complaints Procedure as well as our policies on Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding Children and Adults at risk HERE.
A message from Bill Oddie, President of Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust:
I am totally addicted to Bird Observatories. Without any doubt at all, the majority of my fondest memories of early days birding were spent at observatories in various parts of Britain, and – equally certainly – it was at these places that I fully came to appreciate that there was far more to the study of birds than simply “ticking them off.”
One of the most regrettable consequences of the ever escalating obsession with “twitching” is that fewer people these days are prepared to spend time at observatories (apart from nipping in whenever a rarity is found). Fortunately, however, this trend has not meant that such places have had to close down. If anything, I really think the people who do run and and visit them have developed a new found determination.
The work that observatories do – ringing and studying birds continues to be of paramount scientific importance. So does the conservation effort.
In addition, I truly believe that there is no more satisfying way of developing birdwatching knowledge and skills. And finally, I happen to think that bird observatories offer a splendid social opportunity: people living, working and indeed enjoying themselves together. In fact, I believe that we are about to witness a resurgence of observatory popularity.
I have long been proud to be President of Sandwich Bay.
Officers and Trustees for 2020 / 2021, elected at the AGM, May 2020: