Jourdain Society

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The Jourdain Society was an oological society based in the United Kingdom, its aims being ‘the advancement of the science of oology’ (egg-collecting). Originally the British Oological Association, it changed its name in 1946 in memory of distinguished ornithologist and oologist Reverend Francis Jourdain (1865–1940).

The society, which at one stage held charitable status, relinquished its status voluntarily following an AGM in February 2002, not as was reported in some quarters.[1]

Until its closure, the Society continued to meet three times a year. Each dinner was preceded by a visit to the Jourdain Society National Collection, an internationally recognised collection of Western Palearctic birds' eggs. The Society advised businesses, landowners and farmers on disputes on bird disturbance and nesting issues, and had contributors available to help maintain and take care of historic collections of birds' eggs.[dubious ]

On 11 April 2014, officers and members of the Jourdain Society voted by a majority to close down the affairs of the society. There was to be a final bulletin of the society and a final index for those who bind the bulletins.


  1. ^ JSNC Council