Join CBO

Please consider becoming a member of the Observatory. Your annual subscription will help us to continue monitoring and recording the birds breeding on and migrating through the Copelands. The sometimes severe weather conditions which hit the Island in winter cause extra wear and tear on our buildings and Heligoland traps which therefore need regular repair and maintenance. Despite this, we have managed to steadily improve the standard of accommodation over the years.

As well as the opportunity to visit and stay on the Island, we organise regular winter meetings for members usually including talks and slides about birds and other activities associated with the Observatory as well as guest lectures from a variety of sources. Members will also receive a copy of our annual report detailing the years activities, catches and developments on the Observatory.

Membership Options

All Visitors to the Observatory (with the exception of those taking part in an organised day trip) must first join as a member of the Copeland Bird Observatory.

Full Membership is the most common option and applies to most members of the Observatory.

Supporter Membership is ideal for those who are unable to visit the Observatory but wish to support our efforts. Supporter members can upgrade to Full Membership at any time if they do wish to visit the Observatory.

Unwaged Membership  This category is aimed at students and those under retirement age who have no regular source of income.

Junior Membership is aimed at under 18s. Junior members will receive regular island news updates and a free CBO Annual Report but will be required to be accompanied by an Adult (over 18) when visiting the island.



Which Membership option is right for me?


Adding Additional Members – Most membership options allow for the additional of additional members (of any type) at the same address (See above).

An extra charge of £5 per year for each additional member at the same address should be added to the membership rates shown above.

Example:A husband (in full time work), his wife and their child would be as follows: 1xFull Member (£40) plus two Additional Members (2x£5) meaning a yearly membership charge of £50 or £4.17 per month. This is a 50% discount on adding each as individual members. 

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If you would rather submit an application by post please fill in and return this form to the address provided Membership Form

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Each Visit to the Island incurs a separate Visit Charge. More details of Visit charges can be found here