SEARCH

SEARCH BY CITATION

Abstract

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

This section is collated by Steve Dudley (BOU Administrator). Requests for the publication of information, and other assistance which is considered to be of interest to our readers, will be considered sympathetically. Publicity will be given to relevant grants and awards that can be applied for and to new societies operating within the field of ornithology, birds and birding. Details of conferences, meetings and other events will be included if sent at least six months in advance of the event, and news of members’ activities is particularly welcome. All contributions are restricted to 500 words, preferably by email or disk (in ASCII or Word) to: The Administrator, BOU, c/o The Natural History Museum, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6AP. Fax: +44 (0)20 7942 6150. Email: steve.dudley@bou.org.uk

Deadlines for contributions: 15 September (January issue), 15 December, 15 March, 15 June


BOU Council Changes

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

At the BOU's AGM, held at the University of Oxford on 12 April, Ian Newton stood down as President. In recognition of Ian's commitment to the Union, he was presented with a painting entitled ‘The Invisible Sparrowhawk’ by Carry Akroyd, which depicted many of Ian's ornithological loves – Sparrowhawk, Bullfinches and Rhode Island Red chickens. Christopher Perrins was elected as the Union's new President to serve until 2007.

At the meeting, Mike Pienkowski retired as Vice-President, ending over a decade of continuous association with BOU Council and its’ Committees, and Chris Feare, Derek Moore and Ben Hatchwell all stood down as Ordinary Members of Council. The Union would like to thank each of them for their valued contributions over the years. Chris Feare was elected as Vice-President and Mark Rehfisch (who will Chair the BOU's Meeting Committee), Ian Hartley and Alistair Dawson were elected as Ordinary Members of Council.

BOU Annual Conference 2004

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

26–28 March 2004. University of Leicester. Ecology & Conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds II: the road to recovery. Supported by the British Trust for Ornithology, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, English Nature, the Game Conservancy Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The BOU conference on the Ecology and Conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds, held at the University of Southampton in March 1999, was one of the most successful the BOU has held, attracting over 200 delegates, and the print version of the published proceedings is now out of print (but they are still available from the BOU on CD). Since this conference MAFF (now DEFRA) has adopted as one of its eight Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets, was to reverse the long-term decline in the number of farmland birds by 2020. This decline is measured by the ‘farmland bird index’ that comprises 20 species and the adoption of this PSA target has provided a major new impetus for further work.

Farmland bird research has been a primary focus of UK conservation science over the last 5 years. New research has been completed (or is in progress) that addresses many of the knowledge gaps highlighted by the first conference – with respect both to key species and to habitats. The focus of recent research has been towards developing practical solutions with a series of large-scale ‘habitat management experiments’ now under way. In addition, the UK species action plan targets for most farmland birds will be reviewed in 2003 and there will have been a major review of agri-environment schemes. This flurry of activity means that a second farmland bird conference in spring 2004 (i.e. 5 years after the first) would have very broad scientific, political and popular appeal and would be very timely.

Ecology and Conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds II: the road to recovery, will address five main themes following from an introductory session to set the scene. Two sessions will cover the new species and habitat studies that have been carried out in the last five years, and two more will consider the work that is moving towards finding solutions, based on individual behaviour of birds (e.g. should we manage for food abundance or availability?) and large-scale experimental habitat management. The final session will consider how to translate the science into policy and practice.

The packed programme of topics and speakers being put together will highlight the wealth of work that has been undertaken in a relatively short period since the first conference in 1999.

Further information will be available on the BOU website <http://www.bou.org.uk>, and will be included in future issues of Ibis. Anyone wishing to present a poster at the conference should contact the BOU Conference Office in the first instance at conferences@bou.org.uk.

British Ornithologists’ Club meetings

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

BOU members are always welcome to attend Club meetings held at Imperial College, South Kensington, London. A buffet supper at 7.00 p.m. precedes the evening's talk. For bookings (required 14 days in advance of each meeting) and further details, please contact the Honorary Secretary Cdr Michael Casement OBE, RN, Dene Cottage, West Harting, Petersfield, Hants GU31 5PA, UK. Tel. & Fax: 01 730 825 280. Email: mbcasement@aol.com, or visit the new BOC website at http://www.boc-online.org.

The following dates (all Tuesdays) are confirmed:

23 September:Steven Parry on ‘Novel Perspectives in Darwinian Ornithology’

4 November: speaker to be announced

2 December:Amberley Moore and James on ‘The unknown traveller – the ornithological collections of Louis Fraser’

Other conferences, meetings and events

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

16–21 August 2003. Links and Perspectives in European Ornithology. Chemnitz, Germany.

See Ibis145: 175 (January 2003). Further information from the EOU website <http://www.eou.at> or contact Dr Wolfgang Fiedler, Max Planck Research Centre for Ornithology, Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Schlossallee 2, D-78315 Radolfzell, Germany.

10–12 October 2003. 3rd European Conference on Bird Collections. The National Museum of Natural History in Leiden, the Netherlands.

See Ibis145: 175 (January 2003). Further information, contact: Dr René W.R.J. Dekker, Curator of Birds, National Museum of Natural History Naturalis, PO Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands. Tel. +31 71 5687623; Fax +31 71 5687666; E-mail dekker@naturalis.nnm.nl; Website http://www.naturalis.nl.

2–4 April 2004. North Atlantic Seabird Populations, Aberdeen University, Scotland.

Hosted by The Seabird Group. This meeting will coincide with the launch of the book reporting the results of the Seabird 2000 count of British and Irish seabirds. Further details and calls for papers will be made in mid-2003 and posted on The Seabird Group website <http://www.seabirdgroup.org.uk>.

3–8 April 2004. Waterbirds around the World. Edinburgh, Scotland.

A global review of the conservation, management and research of the world's major flyways. A conference jointly hosted by Landbouw, Natuurbeheer Envisserij, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Wetlands International. Further information from Dr Gerard Boere, Wetlands International, PO Box 471, 6700 Wageningen, The Netherlands. E-mail: boere@wetlands.agro.nl or at <http://www.wetlands.org>.

2002 BOU Research Grants

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

The following projects have received support from the Union's Small Ornithological Research Grant Fund in 2003.

Dombrovski, V.(Belarus), £750. Pilot project for enacting the Spotted Eagle Action Plan in Belarus.

Hunowu, I.(Indonesia), £750. The ghost birds of Sulawesi: surveys and conservation of nightjars and owls.

Details of the BOU's Small Ornithological Research Grant scheme are available from the BOU Office and the BOU website <http://www.bou.org.uk>. The closing date for grants to be award in spring 2004 is 31 December 2003.

The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

The BOU will again have a stand at the British Birdwatching Fair, 15–17 August 2003, Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water <http://www.birdfair.org.uk>. The Union's attendance is partly subsidized by a charity bursary scheme operated by Carl Zeiss to whom we are grateful.

BOU websites

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

The BOU runs two websites: <http://www.bou.org.uk> for general information on BOU including conferences, publications, the British List and other Union activities; and <http://www.ibis.ac.uk>, which is dedicated to the BOU's journal of international avian science, Ibis, with direct access to the on-line version of Ibis.

Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

A reminder that this publication, the proceedings of the BOU's 1999 Annual Conference, is now out of print in paper format. Copies are however still available in PDF format on CD-ROM. Copies can be ordered from the BOU Office, price £8.00 including P&P.

News of members

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Annual Conference 2004
  5. 2004 Annual General Meeting of the British Ornithologists’ Union
  6. British Ornithologists’ Club meetings
  7. Other conferences, meetings and events
  8. 2002 BOU Research Grants
  9. The BOU at the British Birdwatching Fair
  10. BOU websites
  11. Ecology and conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds
  12. News of members

Members will be sad to learn of the deaths of J.K. Adams, E.M. Nicholson, G.R. Mountfort (obituaries will appear in future issues) and C.J. Mead (obituary will be published in the October issue). Our sincere condolences to their families and friends.

Our congratulations to Will Cresswell who has become the first recipient of the BOU's Ibis Award (see page 530).