News and notices

2014 Subscriptions – a Reminder

During the autumn of 2013, members (excluding Life Members and Standing Order payers) were sent subscription renewal notices for 2014. We thank all those members who returned their forms by the date stated or who have already renewed online.

For those who have not yet returned this form, this will be the last issue of Ibis to be sent to lapsed members until their subscription is renewed. If you have not yet returned your subscription renewal form, please do so now with your remittance. If you require a new form, please contact the BOU Office, or you can download a form from

You can also renew your membership online at

Please be aware that renewing later than mid-March 2014 incurs increased costs for the BOU. This is because the costs of mailing back issues of Ibis to late-renewing members are greater, as we do not benefit from the significantly lower postage costs obtained by bulk mailing each issue on publication. So please renew early!

Student and Early-career Researcher Subscription

Students and early-career researchers can take advantage of our reduced rate subscription of only £10.00! This will give you the following benefits:

  • Access to Ibis online – all issues back to 1858!
  • Exclusive access to BOU Career Development Bursaries
  • Exclusive access to reduced rates to BOU conferences
  • Exclusive access to the BOU student community via our student reps
  • 20% discount on Wiley books.

For further details visit

Appointment of New Ibis Editor

We are very pleased to announce that Rebecca Kimball, Associate Professor at the University of Florida and Affiliate Associate Professor with the Florida Museum of Natural History, has joined the Ibis editorial team.

Rebecca received a PhD from the University of New Mexico, where her dissertation focused on sexual selection in House Sparrows. After completing postdoctoral work at both the University of New Mexico and The Ohio State University, she became a faculty member at the University of Florida in 2001, where she is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and an Affiliate Associate Professor with the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Rebecca has published over 60 scientific papers in the areas of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology. Within these broad areas, she has several specific areas of interest: avian phylogenetics, where she has focused on reconstructing the evolutionary history among all birds as well as in specific orders; the evolution of male secondary sexual traits; the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie evolutionary change in specific traits; mating and social systems within and among species; as well as population genetics.

2014 Annual General Meeting

The BOU's 2014 AGM will be held at the University of Leicester on 2 April 2014 and will form part of the programme of the Annual Conference (see below). An agenda is enclosed with this issue of Ibis.

2013 AGM Minutes and Annual Report of Council

The minutes of the 2013 AGM are online on the BOU website ( The Annual Report of Council and Annual Accounts for 2013 will be available online ahead of the 2014 AGM from 18 March 2014.

2014 Annual Conference

Ecology and conservation of birds in alpine and upland habitats

1–3 April 2014. University of Leicester, UK

The conference will be international in scope, covering alpine and upland habitats across Europe, and is aimed at researchers and students, conservation organizations, statutory government agencies and those engaged in policy, advocacy and conservation management.

The conference aims to:

  • present the state of the art knowledge on alpine and upland bird ecology and populations, and how these vary between species and across Europe;
  • highlight major pressures on upland bird populations and their habitats;
  • and consider what the future may hold for upland birds, and what conservationists and land managers can do to maintain populations.

Details can be found at where updates will be posted from time to time and online bookings can be made.

Poster presentations

If you would like to contribute a poster to this meeting, please contact the BOU Conference Office in the first instance at Priority will be given to students – please state your status on application. Deadline 31 January 2014. You can find guidance on posters at

Students – reduced rates!

The BOU will again be offering reduced rates for students and early-career researchers, and there are a number of free places available to students from lower income countries. Please see the BOU website for details

Published proceedings

Articles from this conference will be published via the BOU website by November 2014.

The BOU is extremely grateful to the conference programme organizers: Graeme Buchanan (RSPB, BOU Meetings Committee member and Chairman of the Conference Programme Committee), Dan Chamberlain (University of Turin), James Pearce-Higgins (British Trust for Ornithology) and Des Thompson (Scottish Natural Heritage).

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BOC Website and Publications

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Other Meetings and Conferences

Visit the BOU website for details of many forthcoming conferences.

If you are planning a national or international ornithological conference or meeting and wish it to be listed on the BOU website, please send details to See the BOU conference pages for the sort of information needed.

British Ornithologists' Club Meetings

BOU members are always welcome to attend Club meetings. The evening meetings are held at The Barley Mow, Horseferry Road, Westminster, London. A cash bar will open at 6.00 pm to give attendees time to socialize and enabling those who want to eat after the talk to place an order in advance. Talks will begin at 6.30 pm and last for about an hour. There is no charge for attending the meetings. Further information on dates and speakers can be found on the BOC website at

Special Offer – Robert Gillmor Sacred Ibis Print

You can still purchase one of 55 limited editions of this striking linocut print, of the Ibis cover. Each print will be numbered and signed by Robert. The prints (unframed) cost £275.00 each and this includes UK postage and packing. To order your print, or enquire about overseas postage costs, please contact Angela Langford (; +44 (0) 7 876 437 370).