• To encourage and further the study and conservation of Australian birds and their habitat;
  • To encourage bird observing as a leisure activity.



1.    HBOC Rules.pdf - Constitution

2.   HBOC Conservation Policy.pdf

3..  Code of birding Ethics.pdf

4.    Bird Data Protocol 2013.pdf

5.  NSW ORAC Rules April 2009.pdf




The Hunter Bird Observers Club launched the Wilma Barden Memorial Grant in 2013 to provide support for research projects that promote the study and conservation of birds in Australia and that are of relevance to the Hunter Region.

Wilma Barden was one of the founding members of the HBOC and a dedicated environmentalist with a passion for the conservation and welfare of birds. She was a key figure in the establishment and ongoing success of the Hunter Wetlands Centre at Shortland, NSW.
The Wilma Barden Memorial Grant is now open for applications, which can be submitted at any time of the year.
Projects may include (but not be limited to):
  • Scientific research, student projects, on-ground bird conservation work, education programs or materials, equipment or materials purchased to support bird conservation programs or projects.
Grants of up to two thousand Australian dollars ($2000) are available for individual projects.
Applicants should first read the Wilma Barden Memorial Grant Principles before completing the Application Form. 

Wilma Barden Memorial Grant Principles - May 2013.pdf


Wilma Barden Grant - Application Form.docx