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British Ornithologists’ Union

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  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

Registered Charity no. 249877

The British Ornithologists’ Union is an unincorporated charity whose object is the promotion of the science of ornithology. Its governing document is the Rules adopted at the Annual General Meeting in 1999. Its Correspondence is BOU, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS. Email: bou@bou.org.uk.

The Union seeks to further its objectives by the publication of ornithological research, in particular through its journal Ibis and the Checklists series, by the organization of conferences, by maintaining the official list of birds recorded in Britain, by making grants available for ornithological research and by offering ornithological advice to other organizations and agencies. Under the rules, the Council of the Union is responsible for the running of the Union's business, supported by its staff. Council may delegate functions to standing or ad hoc committees which report to Council. The Union's Council retains overall responsibility for matters so delegated. The reports of the permanent committees on their activities during the year are set out as part of this report.

BOU Mission Statement

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  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

The British Ornithologists’ Union will promote understanding and conservation of the world's birds, advance ornithology within the scientific community and promote scientific ornithology to the wider birdwatching public.

The BOU mission will be achieved by the following means:

  • 1
    The publication of Ibis as a leading international journal of ornithological science.
  • 2
     The publication of the BOU Checklist series, together with other publications.
  • 3
     The organization of a programme of meetings and conferences.
  • 4
     The provision of grants for ornithological research.
  • 5
    The encouragement of liaison between those actively engaged in ornithological research.
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     The provision of a representative body of the scientific community, ornithological information and advice to government and other policy-makers.
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    The maintenance and publication of the official list of birds recorded in Britain – known as The British List.

Council activities

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  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

The affairs of the Union's Council in 2006 were very much affected by the enforced resignation of the Honorary Treasurer, Dr Roger Clarke, due to ill health. Dr Clarke had made a major contribution to the Union's financial well-being, which instigated the successful change of publishing partners for Ibis in 2002. However, his impact on the ornithology extended beyond the Union's financial matters. He was a distinguished ornithologist and a world authority on raptor ecology. Council awarded him the Union Medal in autumn 2006 (Ibis 149: 189–190). Sadly Roger died in January 2007. Council appointed Peter Oliver to act as Honorary Treasurer until being put forward for election at the 2007 AGM and is grateful to him for taking over in such circumstances.

Council met three times during the year. There were no major issues.

As mentioned in the 2005 Report, a decision had been made to dispose of the books comprised in the Balfour legacy which were bequeathed to the Union in 1974. The sale was completed in early 2006 and the net proceeds (after the payment of Inheritance Tax) amounting to £15 817.09 were applied to Union funds.

Two successful conferences took place, the first on Woodland Birds: their Ecology and Management in April and the second on Avian Influenza and other Bird Diseases in November. The first of a series of workshops, aimed primarily at students, was organized on Radio-tracking Birds.

Ibis continued to flourish. After nine distinguished years as Editor, Dr Andrew Gosler passed the reins to Dr Michael Brooke as Editor-in-Chief supported by a panel of four Editors. BOU Council is immensely grateful to Dr Gosler for his excellent management of the journal during his tenure.

At the AGM in April, Dr Humphrey Sitters was elected to replace Neil Bucknell as Honorary Secretary and Bob McGowan was elected as an Ordinary Member of Council to replace Eric Meek as Chairman of the Records Committee. The Union is grateful to retiring Council and Committee members for their contributions, particularly in 2006 to Neil Bucknell who had served no less than 9 years as Honorary Secretary.

The Union's Council is most grateful for the continued support, dedication and hard work of its staff, Steve Dudley and Graeme Green. During 2006, the new staff appraisal system set up in 2005 led to Steve Dudley's in-post promotion to Senior Administrator after 9 years of excellent service to the Union. Council also congratulates Steve on his marriage in 2006 and wishes him and Liz a happy and successful future together.

Ornithological Affairs Committee

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  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

Chairman: Ms S Davies; Members: Dr S. Butchart, Dr P. Dolman, Dr P. Donald, Dr S. Hinsley and Dr P. Shaw.

The Ornithological Affairs Committee advises Council on matters concerning research, including the assessment and recommendation of research grant applications the BOU should support; provides advice on matters concerning nominations for medals, awards and Honorary members; and responds to external consultations on matters of ornithological importance.

The Committee met once during the year to consider the research grant applications and conducted the rest of its business by correspondence.

Dr P. Shaw retired from the Committee during the year.

Research grants

The Committee received 22 research grant applications, which is a significant increase on previous years. Improvements in the quality of applications were also noted. The Committee continues to look at further ways of increasing the number, quality and geographical coverage of applications for future years. They noted that the higher number may be due to opening up the scheme to PhD students but only a few research institutes or universities are actually submitting applications. Further steps to streamline the application form were agreed by the Committee and the criteria for assessment were reviewed and prioritized.

Council accepted the recommendation that the following projects be funded:

Alves, J. (UK). Implications of winter habitat choice in migratory shorebirds. BOU to support with £250.

Cadena Lopez, G. (Colombia). Territory size and population density of Moustached Antpitta Grallaria alleni. BOU to support with £250.

Calderon Franco, D. (Colombia). Characterization of a hybrid zone between Manacus manacus and Manacus vitellinus in the lowlands of north-western Colombia. BOU to support with £750.

Cockle, K. (Colombia). Nesting of the vulnerable Helmeted Woodpecker and other woodpeckers in Argentina's Atlantic forest. BOU to support with £570.

Phalan, B. (UK). Minimizing the impacts of palm oil production on birds and other biodiversity whilst sustaining livelihoods: a case study in the upper Guinea Forest Zone of Ghana. BOU to support with £525.

Symes, A. (UK). Is the abandonment of traditional low intensity agriculture detrimental to bird communities in Cyprus. BOU to support with £500.

Wotton, S. (UK). Threatened species surveys in the Gola Forest Reserves, Sierra Leone. BOU to support with £400.

Council also agreed to support from the Mountfort legacy, which is designed to support expeditions, to the sum of £1000:

Field, R. (UK). Survey of known staging areas of the critically endangered sociable lapwing in SW Russia.

BOU medals

The Committee made recommendations to Council for the award of the Godman-Salvin Medal (to honour an individual's distinguished ornithological work), the Ibis Award (recognizing outstanding achievement of younger ornithologists).

Finally, the Committee is grateful to the BOU Office for their advice and support throughout the year.

Ibis Committee

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  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

Chairman: Dr J.A. Gill; Members: Dr I. Hartley, Dr K. Hamer, Dr J. Reynolds, Mr S.P. Dudley (Senior Administrator), Dr M. Brooke (Editor-in-Chief).

Committee membership

The Ibis Committee acts as an advisory group to help determine the direction of the journal, and to support and advise the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Administrator in the management of the journal. There were no changes in committee membership during the year.

One meeting was held during the year, with other business conducted by email.

Ibis – the BOU's international journal of avian science

This year saw major developments in the editorial structure of Ibis. Following the departure of Andy Gosler in spring 2006, we were delighted to be able to appoint Dr Michael Brooke (University of Cambridge) as Editor-in-Chief (EiC). In addition, the decision was taken to appoint a board of editors to support the EiC, and thus to spread the ever-increasing workload. The Committee were very pleased to be able to appoint Dr Jeremy Wilson (The RSPB), Dr Dan Chamberlain (BTO), Dr Paul Donald (The RSPB) and Dr Rauri Bowie (University of California, Berkeley) as Editors during 2006. Claire Devereux remains Journal Manager. This highly experienced team have worked hard to ensure the smooth-running of this new editorial structure and the Committee are extremely grateful to them for all their efforts.

The ongoing increase in the manuscript submission rate has also necessitated an expansion of the Associate Editor Board, and the Committee welcomed Beatriz Arroyo, Phil Battley, Stuart Bearhop, Ian Jamieson, Ruedi Nager, Richard Phillips, Stephan Schoech and Claire Spottiswoode to the Board during this year. Robert Payne left the board during 2006, and we thank him for all his work on behalf of Ibis. We are very grateful to all of the Associate Editors for their efforts in maintaining the high standard and rapid turnaround of Ibis manuscripts.

During 2006, the record for manuscript submission was comprehensively beaten, with 312 manuscripts received, as compared with 152 manuscripts received during 2005. The quality of papers submitted generally remained high. The average time from submission to first decision was only 10 weeks, which helps to make the journal very attractive to authors.

Conference Proceedings

In addition to the four issues of Ibis published in 2006, this year also saw the publication of the proceedings from the Wind, Fire & Water: Renewable Energy & Birds conference, held in March 2006. The proceedings provide an excellent summary of current scientific knowledge of this important topic. Publication of the proceedings of the Birds and Recreational Disturbance meeting, held in November 2005, is expected in early 2007 and proceedings from the April 2006 conference on Woodland Birds: their ecology and management will also be published in 2007. The Committee is very grateful to the Guest Editors for organizing and editing these proceedings: Wind, Fire & Water: Renewable Energy & Birds– Rowena Langston, Guy Anderson, Richard Evans, David Gibbons, Richard Oxley, Jeremy Wilson (all RSPB) and Allan Drewitt (Natural England); Birds and Recreational Disturbance– Allan Drewitt (Natural England); Woodland Birds: their ecology and management– Ken Smith (RSPB), Rob Fuller (BTO), Fred Currie (Forestry Commission) and Chris Quine (Forest Research).

Blackwell Publishing continues to provide us with excellent service and facilities. Recent Blackwell philanthropic initiatives have resulted in Ibis now being available free or at greatly reduced cost to over 1800 institutes in developing countries. We are very pleased to be involved in such a valuable and important development, which we hope will encourage ornithological research and publishing in these countries, and increase further the global readership and circulation of Ibis. The efforts of Blackwells staff in continuing to develop the production and marketing of Ibis so well are greatly appreciated, and we would particularly like to thank the Production Editors, Louise Whelan and Graeme Henderson, and Journal Publishing Manager, Debbie Wright.

The Committee is extremely grateful to the Editor-in-Chief of Ibis, Dr Michael Brooke, and the editorial team, Dr Jeremy Wilson, Dr Dan Chamberlain, Dr Paul Donald and Dr Rauri Bowie, for all their excellent work in maintaining such a high level of quality in the journal, and to Ibis Journal Manager, Claire Devereux, for her overall management and for her important input during the editorial changes. We are also very grateful to Mike Wilson for his work in commissioning and editing book reviews, and to Dorothy Vincent, who checked Ibis proofs until Dr Gosler's retirement in April.

Finally, the Committee would like to thank Steve Dudley, BOU Senior Administrator, for all his work in the development of the new editorial structure and the BOU Office for their continued high level of support in the management of Ibis.

BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee

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  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

Chairman: Revd. T.W. Gladwin; Members: Prof. R.A. Cheke (Commissioning and Checklist Series Editor), Mr S.P. Dudley (Publications Manager), Prof. C.M. Perrins, Mr D.J. Montier, Mr N.J. Redman, and Mr S.A.H. Statham.

The Committee

This joint committee (JPC), which now conducts most of its business by email, met once in 2006. The Chairman of the committee is alternately appointed by the BOC and BOU. Nominated by the BOC, Tom Gladwin continues to chair the committee until April 2007. There were no changes to the Committee during the year.

Publications

The proceedings of the conference on Recent Avian Extinctions, held in November 2004, were published in June as a Supplement to Bull. Brit. Orn. Club. 126. The checklist The Birds of São Tome and Príncipe with Annobón was also published in 2006. Checklists on the The Birds of Borneo and The Birds of Barbados are on schedule for publication in 2007. The manuscript of The Birds in Britain and Ireland, to be published in the spring of 2008 as part of the BOU's 150th anniversary celebrations, is expected by late summer 2007.

Meetings Committee

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  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

Chairman: Dr M.M. Rehfisch; Members: Dr R. Bradbury, Professor R.A. Cheke, Mr A. Drewitt, Dr B. Hughes, Dr J. Quinn, Dr J. Reynolds and Dr R. Stillman.

The Meetings Committee is responsible for maintaining the ongoing programme of BOU conferences and meetings and to provide advice and support to the BOU Office and others responsible for organizing and running BOU events.

The Committee met twice during the year and also conducted business by post and email.

The BOU hosted two meetings and a workshop in 2006. In April, the BOU's annual conference on Woodland Birds: their ecology & management was held in Leicester. The conference was excellent with high-quality talks, and was well attended. The 125 delegates present came mostly from academia, government agencies and NGOs. It was supported by the BTO, English Nature (now Natural England), the Forestry Commission, Forest Research and The RSPB, and made a surplus of around £6000 (after publication costs but excluding BOU staff time). The proceedings are expected to appear as an online supplement of Ibis in 2007. The University of Leicester continued to be a fine venue. Dr Ken Smith (RSPB), Dr Rob Fuller (BTO), Dr Fred Currie (Forestry Commission), Dr Chris Quine (Forest Enterprise) and Mr Steve Dudley (BOU) are thanked for organizing the conference programme, for helping to secure external funding, and for taking on the arduous role of Guest Editors of the proceedings. The BOU is extremely grateful to the British Trust for Ornithology, English Nature (now Natural England), the Forestry Commission, Forest Research and The RSPB for their support of this conference.

In November, the BOU's Avian Influenza and other Bird Diseases 2-day meeting was held in Peterborough. This conference was a much-needed follow-up to the BOU's 1993 Diseases and Parasites of Birds meeting, and was set up in part as a result of the great interest in Avian Influenza in advance of the event. The meeting successfully helped bring the ornithological community up-to-date with the recent findings of ornithologists, virologists and veterinarians in order to better understand how diseases affect populations and how diseases of concern can be monitored and managed. The first day of the conference covered ‘General Diseases of Wild Birds’ and the second day ‘Avian Influenza and its Ramifications’. Initial bookings were very low, and there was much concern that the conference would be poorly attended. The final number of 80 delegates present was satisfactory but the numbers of attendees at this conference and at the 2004 meeting on GM crops, two events set up specifically to relate to issues in the news, have fallen short of expectation. This was an excellent and very worthwhile conference, but in future it is worth noting that the BOU is not set up to organize conferences quickly enough to attract delegates simply due to the subject matter being topical. Thus, it is essential that the subject matter should be worthy of a meeting, irrespective of what is in the news. The delegates from academia, government agencies and NGOs enjoyed a stimulating two days. The conference did in the end deliver a good surplus (excluding BOU staff time) thanks to some prudent management of funds for the event. The Great Northern Hotel proved again to be a fine venue. Dr Ruth Cromie (WWT), Prof. Chris Feare (WildWings Bird Management), Mr David Stroud (JNCC) and Mr Steve Dudley (BOU) are thanked for organizing the conference so efficiently and for helping to secure sponsorship. The BOU is extremely grateful for the support of Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland), Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Scottish Natural Heritage, WWT and WildWings Bird Management for this meeting.

Another event was particularly noteworthy for 2006. In March, a Radio-tracking Birds one-day workshop was organized by Dr Sean Walls (CEH Dorset and Biotrack) and held at CEH Winfrith Technology Centre, Dorchester. It was attended by some 20 trainees to the satisfaction of attendees, trainer and Biotrack. Dr Sean Walls is thanked for organizing the workshop so efficiently and for keeping the price so low, which no doubt helped to attract participants, and to CEH Dorset for the use of their facilities. For future workshops different rates will be set for students (the audience that BOU workshops are aiming to attract) and the professional community.

In 2007, we look forward to the online publication of the BOU conference proceedings on Birds and Recreational Disturbance and Woodland Birds: their ecology & management in Ibis. At the end of March, the BOU's annual conference on Birds as Predators and as Prey, programme organized by Dr John Quinn (University of Oxford), Dr Jim Reynolds (University of Birmingham) and Dr Richard Bradbury (The RSPB), will be held in Leicester. In November, the programme for a one-day meeting on Habitat Creation and Restoration: the Way Forward is being prepared by Dr Phil Atkinson (BTO), Dr Malcolm Ausden (The RSPB), Mr Andy Brown (Natural England), Dr David Bullock (National Trust), Mr Phil Grice (Natural England), Dr Mark Rehfisch (BTO) and Mr Andy Swash (Defra) and will be held in Peterborough. In November, the Generalized Models for Ecologists workshop organized by Dr Stephen Baillie (BTO) and Dr Mark Rehfisch (BTO) will be held at the BTO in Thetford.

The Committee is particularly grateful to Steve Dudley (BOU Senior Administrator) for Committee administration and, importantly, for the effective organization, running and continued sound financial management of BOU meetings and conferences, and to Graeme Green (BOU Administrative Assistant) for his help and support in running all these events.

Records Committee

  1. Top of page
  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

Chairman: Mr R.Y. McGowan; Secretary: Dr T.M. Melling; Members: Dr M. Collinson, Mr A.H.G. Harrop, Mr C. Kehoe, Mr P.A. Lassey, Mr I. Lewington, Mr R. Millington, Dr S. Votier, Prof. C. Bradshaw (Chairman BBRC, ex officio)

The Records Committee is responsible for maintaining the British List, the official list of birds recorded in Britain.

The Committee met twice during the year, at Rutland Water in June and at Tynemouth in December but, as usual, most of its business was conducted by post and email.

Two reports were published during the year. The Committee's 33rd Report was published in July 2006 (Ibis 148: 594) and covered the period October 2005 to April 2006. The report detailed various changes to the British List including the addition of two species. These were Rufous-tailed Robin Luscinia sibilans (one, first-winter, Fair Isle, Shetland, 23 October 2004, photographed, trapped) and Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus (one, Kilrenny, Fife, 29 October to 14 November 2004, photographed, trapped).

A record of Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae (one, 12 miles southwest of the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, 8 July 2001, sight record, photographed) pre-dated the previously accepted first British record. The sole record of North American Little Tern Sternula albifrons (Rye Harbour, East Sussex, June 1983 and returning annually to 1992) was considered to be of race undetermined, but of the Nearctic antillarum/athalossos/browni group. The long assessment period was a consequence of eliminating the African taxon guineae, which shares the grey rump feature. The first British occurrence of White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis was determined as the record of one from Skokholm, Pembrokeshire, 27 May 1990. This was previously overlooked due to the earlier acceptance of the species to the Manx List.

One species, Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon, was removed from the British List. Previously included in Category A, a thorough review of the records from Cambridgeshire in 1946 (breeding) and Buckinghamshire in 1965 (trapped individual) has shown that neither was acceptable.

The Committee's 34th Report was published in January 2007 (Ibis 149: 194–197) and covered the period May to September 2006. This report detailed further changes to the British List, though none of these affected the totals in Categories A to C.

A record of Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri (one, Fair Isle, 28 May 1956, trapped) was reviewed and rejected; the first British record is one from Tresco, Isles of Scilly, 19 August 1969 (sight record, photographed). A review of the record of Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis from Portland, Dorset, 20 September 1955, confirmed that sufficient evidence existed to justify the addition of subspecies hortensis to Category A. This record was previously of race undetermined but DNA analysis from a retained feather enabled subsequent identification.

A review of records of Eskimo Curlew Numenius borealis confirmed the first as one from Woodbridge, Suffolk, November 1852 (shot). Another four records were accepted (Durris, Aberdeenshire, 1855; Slains, Aberdeenshire, 1878; Forest of Birse, Aberdeenshire, 1880; Tresco, Isles of Scilly, 1887), and three rejected (a second record from Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1852; River Alde, Suffolk, 1870; Hill of Craigston, Aberdeenshire, 1880).

A review of records of Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera was undertaken following separation of the British and Irish Lists. A record from Cambeckhill Woods, Brampton, Cumbria, 1 November 1845 (female, specimen) was accepted as the British first. No purported records of the North American subspecies L. l. leucoptera in Britain were found to be acceptable.

The sole British record of Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis (specimen, Killingworth, Northumberland, 5 October 1856) was reviewed and confirmed as acceptable.

Separation of the Irish and British Lists meant that a number of subspecies were deleted from the latter, where the only records of these taxa pertained to Ireland. The species were Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus (subspecies melanopogon deleted), Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas galactotes (subspecies syriacus/familiaris deleted) and Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus (subspecies swainsonii deleted).

Both reports mentioned reviews of further records, and BOURC assigned four species to Category E. These were Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis (one, Radipole Lake, Dorset, 23 November 1962, specimen at NHM, Tring), Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera (one, Loch Tuamister, Lewis, Outer Hebrides, 13 May to 16 June 2004), Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus (one, Norfolk, 31 October 2004 and East Dean Hampshire, 13 November 2004) and Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis (one, Portbury, Avon, 27 May 2003). It was considered that the Yellow Bittern was unlikely to have been a natural vagrant and the other three were considered to have been of captive origin.

These changes to the British List published in both these reports meant that the List comprised 572 species (552 Category A, 10 Category B and 10 Category C).

In July, The British List: A Checklist of the Birds of Britain (7th edition) was published (Ibis 148: 526–563).

The BOURC's Taxonomic Sub-committee (TSC) continued to work on a range of systematic and nomenclatural issues and is preparing its 4th Report for publication in Ibis.

Mr Eric Meek, who has served on the Committee since 1999, retired as Chairman, and this role has been filled by Mr Bob McGowan. The vacancy on the Committee was filled by Mr Chris Kehoe. A further vacancy, following the resignation of Mr Grahame Walbridge, was filled by Mr Richard Millington.

The BOURC maintains its close links with the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC). That Committee's Chairman, Prof. Colin Bradshaw, remains an ex-officio member of the BOURC while the BOURC Secretary continues to work closely with BBRC's Secretariat. Mike Rogers, BBRC's Secretary of 28 years standing, died on 10 October 2006. He was a close and valuable friend of BOURC and will be sadly missed.

The BOURC wishes to thank a number of people without whose assistance and expertise its work would have been more difficult: Mark Adams, Ian Andrews, Joan Castany, Ian Dawson, Steve Dudley, Marcel Güntert, Lucy Hall, Ren Hathway, Steve Hewitt, Tony Irwin, Alan Knox, Martin Limbert, Amanda Martin, Eric Morton, Keith Naylor, Mike Pennington, Nick Riddiford, Peter Robinson, Mike Rogers, Richard Sutcliffe, Grahame Walbridge and Roger Wilkinson. Steve Dudley, in his role as BOU Senior Administrator, continues to support the work of the Committee and much of the smooth running of BOURC is down to Steve's hard work and diligence.

The work of the BOU Office

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  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

Senior Administrator: Mr S.P. Dudley; Administrative Assistant: Mr G.E. Green

The BOU Office is responsible for the effective running of the BOU. Its key responsibilities are:

  • • 
    the day to day running of the Union
  • • 
    supporting BOU Council and its Committees and implementing much of the work arising from them
  • • 
    servicing the BOU membership
  • • 
    organizing BOU conferences, meetings and workshops
  • • 
    managing the publication of BOU and BOC publications
  • • 
    managing the non-editorial aspects of the Union's journal, Ibis, including overseeing the production of Ibis supplements
  • • 
    managing press and publicity
  • • 
    managing the BOU website –http://www.bou.org.uk
  • • 
    handling general enquires
  • • 
    routine administration (accounting, reports, etc.)
  • • 
    running BOC activities such as administration, membership, journal management, publication sales, BOC website

These activities are undertaken by the BOU's two staff members. Steve Dudley (Senior Administrator) works full-time from his Cambridgeshire home, and is responsible for managing all aspects of the Union's activities. Graeme Green (Administrative Assistant) works two days a week from the BOU Office at the Zoology Department, University of Oxford, and is principally responsible for servicing the membership, bookkeeping and associated accounting activities, fulfilling orders and processing payments for membership, sales items and conference bookings.

Council and Committees

The BOU Office supported 10 Council and Committee meetings held during the year.

Conferences, meetings and workshops

The BOU Office is responsible for organizing and running BOU conferences, meetings and workshops, and was very pleased to help deliver three successful events during the year – the BOU annual spring conference on Woodland Birds: their ecology & management, the autumn scientific meeting on Avian Influenza and other Bird Diseases and the first ever BOU workshop, Radio-tracking and Birds. For full details see Meetings Committee section above.

BOU events are costed carefully. Full conferences and scientific meetings are expected to deliver a surplus over the actual conference running costs and any associated publication costs, in order to cover BOU staff time involved in running these events and managing publications and, where possible, to deliver a surplus to the BOU's conference budget. This surplus acts as both a safety net for any event which does not perform in this respect and, as will be the case in 2008, will provide additional finances to deliver a successful 150th Anniversary conference and full Ibis supplement. Workshops, primarily aimed at students, are operated on an operational cost basis.

In 2006, both the annual conference and the autumn scientific meeting delivered surpluses, and the spring workshop covered its costs.

Given their important role, it is important for the BOU Office to work effectively with conference organizers, and the BOU Office would like to thank all those with which we worked throughout the year (see Meetings Committee section).

The benefits of using the same sites for our conferences and meetings continue to be illustrated with the smooth running of the events held at the University of Leicester and the Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough, and we are grateful to the staff at these venues.

We remain ever grateful for the support provided by Meetings Committee Chairman, Mark Rehfisch, and members of the Committee for their support in planning BOU events.

Ibis

The Senior Administrator is responsible for the management of non-editorial aspects of the Union's journal, Ibis. In 2006, this again included overseeing the production, and working closely with the guest editors, of the three Ibis supplements being progressed during the year: Wind, Fire and Water: Renewable Energy and Birds (published in March 2006), Recreational Disturbance and Birds (published in March 2007) and Woodland Birds: their ecology & management (due 2007). These three sets of proceedings are free-to-view online-only supplements of Ibis, and were fully funded (see Ibis and Meetings Committees reports) to the extent that, combined with the overall conference costs form which they originated, a surplus was delivered for the first two publications, and is expected on the third. As it is our aim to publish proceedings for all BOU meetings, it is important that they are similarly funded from conference income and are therefore not a burden on Ibis. In addition, it is important to deliver a surplus to cover BOU staff time and contribute to other BOU activities.

During the year, contract renegotiation began with our publishing partner Blackwell Publishing.

We are grateful to Blackwell Publishing, in particular Debbie Wright, Graeme Henderson, Louise Whelan, Hana Bell, Liz Ferguson and Davina Qauterman for their assistance with the continued successful management of Ibis, and of course to the Ibis Editorial team.

As forecast in the last report, the Senior Administrator was heavily involved in the development of, and subsequent appointment of members to, the new Ibis Editorial Board.

The BOU Office is extremely grateful to Jenny Gill, Chairman of the Ibis Committee, for her continued support, to the Ibis Committee for their help and advice throughout the year, and to Claire Devereux for her continued hard work on managing the journal.

Publications

One of the Senior Administrator's main work areas remains that of Publications Manager to both the BOU and the BOC. The Birds of São Tome & Príncipe with Annobón was published mid-2006, and work continued on several other titles. We are grateful to the authors of the various titles being progressed, Caroline Dudley (Checklist Series proof-reader), Eng-Li Green (Checklist Series typesetter), Bob Cassells at Hanway Press and Phoenix Press (Checklist Series printers), Bob Cheke (Checklist Series Editor) and members of the Joint Publications Committee for their support throughout the year.

BOC administration

Since 2004, the BOU Office has run various aspects of the BOC's administration, including the management, production and sales of BOC publications, the management of institutional subscribers to the BOC's Bulletin, the BOC's membership and website activities. During 2006, the BOC established a new journal subcommittee on which the Senior Administrator sits. We would like to thank the BOC, in particular Rev. Tom Gladwin (Chairman, JPC), Tony Statham (BOC Honorary Secretary), David Montier (BOC Honorary Treasurer) and Michael Casement (Chairman) for their support.

The British List

The BOU Office continues to service the Records Committee, and the Senior Administrator was one of the principal compilers of the new edition of The British List: A Checklist of the Birds of Britain (7th edition) (Ibis 148: 526–563). The BOU Office is very grateful to the Records Committee for its support, in particular Bob McGowan (Chairman), Tim Melling (Secretary) and Andrew Harrop (incoming Secretary).

Research grants

There was a significant increase in the number of applications received resulting in more time spent on managing the scheme. Changes such as email-only submission, introduced for this year, did help to keep the increased workload to a minimum. Other changes have been implemented in order to further address this as this higher level of applications is expected to continue. The BOU Office is grateful to Susan Davies (Chairman) and members of the Ornithological Affairs Committee for assistance on various matters during the year.

BOU website

The BOU Office manages the BOU website (http://www.bou.org.uk), which promotes the Union to a wide audience and it continues to be important for recruiting new members, attracting delegates to Union conferences, disseminating information about the work of the Union, and for selling BOU books and other goods. The introduction in 2005 of a secure online ordering system was extended to allow members to renew their subscriptions online, as well as the system now handling the majority of conference/meeting bookings, and BOU sales. We are grateful to Eng-Li Green who continues to provide an excellent service as our Website Manager.

Online services

The BOU Register of Avian Thesis Abstracts (BRANTA) continues to attract abstracts with the aim of these abstracts being viewed by a wider audience. Likewise, over 300 people are registered on the BOU e-group, BOU BirdTalk, where users can exchange news, views and make announcements, etc. The BOU is becoming increasingly dependent on e-groups such as BOU BirdTalk to publicise events and publications. We would like to thank Rob Robinson (BTO) for managing both of these services.

Press and media

Away from the usual coverage of BOU Records Committees in the birdwatching press, there was no other media coverage during the year.

General administration

With the retirement of Roger Clarke due to ill health, Peter Oliver took over the reins as the BOU's Honorary Treasurer and Morris & Associates were appointed as the BOU's accountants. These new arrangements led to the BOU Office implementing changes to bookkeeping and accounting practices.

Servicing the membership, in particular the increasing level of subscription reminders needed to retain members, continues to take up a significant amount of the BOU Office's time.

The BOU maintains a storage facility in Peterborough, which it shares with the BOC for the storage of publications, journal stocks and sales goods. During the year, our two existing small units were replaced with a single, larger unit which has aided management significantly.

General correspondence remains high and again takes up a significant amount of Office time.

The BOU Office would like to thank members of Council and BOU Committees for their continued support.

Membership

The membership of the Union at 31 December 2006 stood at 1193 (1249 end 2005, 1315 end 2004, 1425 end 2003, 1551 end 2002).

Although the Union's membership again showed another decline, the year on year drop was the lowest in many years showing a further slow down in the decline. It is probably no coincidence that our declining membership coincides with increased journal sales into institutes around the world and, more significantly, the increased take up by these institutes of the electronic version which their staff and students can access from their own computers. The main reasons given for those resigning their membership remain retirement from active research and access to Ibis at their place of work.

The following members were elected during 2006: Mr Y.C. Aik, Mr R. Arundale, Mr S. Austin, Mr K. Biledgaard, Mr M. Castellan, Mr M. Cooper, Mr E. Crick, Mr L. Furuseth, Mr I. Garside, Mr M. Jais, Mr M. Lamont, Mr Y. Lemauviel, Mr Huw Lloyd, Mr B. Mahaffey, Mr P. Marinier, Mr J. Morrison, Mr C. Randler, Mr G. Riddoch, Mr D. Robson, Mr A. Rogerson, Mr D. Sherman, Mr R. Sokell, Mr G. Stewart and Mr K. Swiston.

Thirteen resignations were accepted during the year and Council noted with regret the following deaths: Mr R.C.R. Allen, Dr K. Brewster, Mr M.K. Dennis, Mr S. Eck, Mr A. Jones, Mr R.G. Morgan, Dr R. O’Connor, Sq Ldr N. Orr, Mr R. Waller and Mr J.D. Wood.

Finance

  1. Top of page
  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

Honorary Treasurer: Mr P. J. Oliver.

The contribution of my predecessor, Roger Clarke, to the Union has been fully described elsewhere, but it is proper for me here to acknowledge his work in putting the Union's finances on a sound footing when he took over.

In order to comply with new charity accounting rules, almost all expenditure has this year been shown in the accounts according to type of charitable activity rather than by type of expenditure. The figures for 2005 have been restated in accordance with this new treatment. The results this year show a net increase in the Union's funds of almost £77 000 compared with £66 000 in 2005. Although this is a satisfactory state of affairs, it has arisen mainly from a further increase in the value of the Union's investments, reflecting buoyant market conditions, and legacies and donations of £22 000, for which the Union is extremely grateful. Before taking these two items into account, the normal operations of the Union produced a reduced surplus of nearly £30 000 compared with £40 000 in the previous year. The most important item contributing to this change was a reduction of some £9000 in the surplus from conferences, illustrating the importance of this activity to the Union's finances, together with an increase in net costs of other publications of some £6000, offset by an increase of a similar amount in the contribution from Ibis (the income and expenditure on which is lower than in the previous year as no conference proceedings were published in hard copy this year). Improvement in the profitability of publishing activities is thus a priority, as is the effective marketing of conferences. The rapid trend towards digitizing back issues of journals has been recognized by Council and it is likely that substantial resources will be required if, as seems probable, the decision is taken to make available in this way all past issues of Ibis. Additional expenditure is also likely to be incurred in respect of the Union's 150th anniversary in 2008. Cash flow remains satisfactory, however, and the Union is well placed to face future demands with some confidence in spite of the continuing fall in membership.

BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

  1. Top of page
  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

Statement of Council Members’ responsibilities

Charity law requires the Council as Trustees to prepare accounts for each financial year that give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the charity and of its financial activities for that period. In preparing those accounts the Council is required to:

  • (a) 
    select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;
  • (b) 
    make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;
  • (c) 
    state whether the policies adopted are in accordance with the SORP ‘Accounting and Reporting by Charities’ and with applicable accounting standards, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the accounts; and
  • (d) 
    prepare the accounts on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to assume that the charity will continue in business.

The Council is responsible for keeping proper accounting records, which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the charity and to enable it to ensure that the accounts comply with the Charities Act 1993. It is responsible for safeguarding the assets of the charity and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention of fraud and other irregularities.

In so far as the Trustees are aware

  • (a) 
    there is no relevant audit information of which the charity's auditors are unaware; and
  • (b) 
    the trustees have taken all steps that they ought to have taken to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the auditors are aware of that information.

Reserves and investment policies

In view of the erosion of its unrestricted reserves over a number of years, and the need to maintain an adequate buffer should future commitments and expenditure not be covered by concurrent income, the Union has taken steps aimed at halting the reduction in unrestricted reserves and at building them up to an appropriate and practical level to be determined in the light of the Union's ongoing development of its activities and financial performance in the coming periods. The Union's investments are held in low-risk funds consistent with providing a reasonable level of return given prevailing market rates, with the majority held in composite funds designed to give gross rates of return to charities.

BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

  1. Top of page
  2. Council officers
  3. Members of Council
  4. Ibis Editors
  5. Checklist Series Editor
  6. Staff at 31 December 2006
  7. British Ornithologists’ Union
  8. BOU Mission Statement
  9. Council activities
  10. Ornithological Affairs Committee
  11. Ibis Committee
  12. BOU/BOC Joint Publications Committee
  13. Acknowledgements
  14. Meetings Committee
  15. Records Committee
  16. The work of the BOU Office
  17. Finance
  18. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
  19. BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006

We have audited the financial statements of the British Ornithologists’ Union for the year ended 31 December 2006 on pages 2–7 which have been prepared under the historical cost convention and the accounting policies set out on page 4.

This report is made solely to the council, as a body, in accordance with section 44 of the Charities Act 1993. Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the council those matters we are required to state to them in an auditor's report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the charity and the charity's council as a body, for our audit work, for this report or for the opinions we have formed.

Respective responsibilities of the trustees and auditor

The responsibilities of the council for preparing the Council's Report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and UK Accounting Standards are set out in the Statement of Council Members’ responsibilities on page 1.

We report to you our opinion as to whether the financial statements give a true and fair view and are properly prepared in accordance with the Charities Act 1993, and whether the information given in the Council's Report is consistent with the financial statements.

In addition we report to you if, in our opinion, the charity has not kept proper accounting records, or if we have not received all the information and explanations we require for our audit.

We read the Council's Report and consider the implications for our report if we become aware of any apparent misstatements within it.

Basis of audit opinion

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) issued by the Auditing Practices Board. An audit includes examination, on a test basis, of evidence relevant to the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. It also includes an assessment of the significant estimates and judgements made by the council in the preparation of the financial statements, and of whether the accounting policies are appropriate to the charity's circumstances, consistently applied and adequately disclosed.

We planned and performed our audit so as to obtain all the information and explanations which we considered necessary in order to provide us with sufficient evidence to give reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free from material misstatement, whether caused by fraud or other irregularity or error. In forming our opinion we also evaluated the overall adequacy of the presentation of information in the financial statements.

Opinion

In our opinion the financial statements give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the charity as at 31 December 2006 and of its incoming resources and application of resources for the year then ended and have been properly prepared in accordance with the Charities Act 1993.

Alliotts

Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors

Friary Court

13–21 High Street

Guildford

Surrey GU1 3 DL

Date: 29 March 2007

British Ornithologists’ Union statement of financial activities year ended 31 December 2006
 NoteUnrestricted Funds £Restricted Funds £Endowment Funds £Total Funds 2006 £Total Fund 2005 £
Incoming resources
Incoming resources from generating funds:      
 Voluntary income 222 58322 5831 103
 Activities for generating funds 3122 694122 694151 047
 Conference sponsorship 319 00019 00020 000
 Investment income 412 8236 43619 25917 168
Total incoming resources 158 10025 436183 536189 318
Resources expended
Charitable activities5/6(65 996)(6 863)(72 859)(92 144)
Governance costs 7(9 173)(9 173)(7 465)
Conference costs 8(30 930)(19 000)(49 930)(48 063)
Total resources expended (106 099)(25 863)(131 962)(147 672)
Net incoming resources before other recognised gains and losses 52 001(427)51 57441 646
Other recognised gains and losses (1 560) (324)(1 884) 
Realized loss10     
Unrealized gain 16 854    10 41527 26924 741
Net movement in funds 67 295(427)10 09176 95966 387
Reconciliation of funds      
Total funds brought forward 240 74255 164151 993447 899381 512
Total funds carried forward 308 03754 737162 084524 858447 899

The Statement of Financial Activities includes all gains and losses in the year and therefore a statement of total recognized gains and losses has not been prepared.

All of the above amounts relate to continuing activities.

British Ornithologists’ Union balance sheet 31 December 2006
 Note20062005
£ £ £
Fixed assets
Investments10 339 419307 694
Current assets
Stocks11 18 340  22 944
Debtors12 21 198  20 437
Cash at bank and in hand 173 284 124 919
  212 822 168 300
Creditors: Amounts falling due within one year13 (27 383)  (28 095)
Net current assets  185 439140 205
Total assets less current liabilities  524 858447 899
Net assets  524 858447 899
Funds
Restricted income funds14  54 737 55 164
Unrestricted income funds15 308 037240 742
Endowed funds16 162 084151 993
Total funds  524 858447 899

Approved by the Council on 29 March 2007

And signed on its behalf by

C.M. Perrins, President

P.J. Oliver, Honorary Treasurer

The notes on pages 666 to 669 form part of these financial statements.

British Ornithologists’ Union notes to the financial statements year ended 31 December 2006

1. Accounting policies
Basis of accounting
The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for investments which are included at market value, and in accordance with applicable UK accounting standards, the Statement of Recommended Practice ‘Accounting and Reporting by Charities’ issued in March 2005 (SORP 2005) and the Charities Act 1993.
Stocks
Stocks are valued at the lower of cost and net realizable value, after making due allowance for obsolete and slow moving items.
Table 2. Voluntary income
 Unrestricted Funds £Total Funds 2006 £Total Funds 2005 £
Donations 5 202 5 202   37
Legacies15 81715 8171 000
Other income 1 564 1 564   66
 22 58322 5831 103
Table 3. Incoming resources from activities for generating funds
 Unrestricted Funds £Restricted Funds £Total Funds 2006 £Total Funds 2005 £
Conference Income35 72319 00054 72361 975
Subscriptions35 263    –35 26335 780
Publication Income – Ibis35 110    –35 11061 417
Publication Income – Other16 59816 59811 875
 122 69419 000141 694171 047
Table 4. Investment income
 Unrestricted Funds £Restricted Funds £Total Funds 2006 £Total Funds 2005 £
Investment income 7 490 6 43613 92614 261
Bank interest received 5 333     5 333 2 907
 12 823 6 43619 25917 168
Table 5. Costs of charitable activities by fund type
 Unrestricted Funds £Restricted Funds £Total Funds 2006 £Total Funds 2005 £
Publication costs – Ibis26 323 26 32358 587
Publication costs – Other25 392 25 39214 396
Research grants  6 863 6 863 5 297
Management costs14 281    14 28113 864
 65 996 6 86372 85992 144
Table 6. Costs of charitable activities by activity type
 Total Funds 2006 £Total Funds 2005 £
Publication costs – Ibis26 32358 587
Publication costs – Other25 39214 396
Research costs 6 863 5 297
Management costs14 28113 864
 72 85992 144
Table 7. Governance costs
 Unrestricted Funds £Total Funds 2006 £Total Funds 2005 £
Meeting expenses5 2805 2802 872
Audit and accountancy3 8933 8934 593
 9 1739 1737 465
Table 8. Other resources expended
 Unrestricted Funds £Restricted Funds £Total Funds 2006 £Total Funds 2005 £
Conference costs30 93019 00049 93048 063
Table 9. Net incoming resources for the year This is stated after charging:
 2006 £2005 £
Auditors fees2 3504 593
Table 10. Investments
 Unrestricted General £Unrestricted Designated £Endowment Funds £Total Funds 2006 £Total Funds 2005 £
Market value at 1st January 2006136 95434 102134 131305 187280 446
Acquisitions at cost50 26625 877 76 143
Disposals at opening book value(51 623)(20 064)(71 687)
Net gains on revaluation11 3045 550 10 415 27 269 24 741
Market value at 31st December 2006146 90139 652150 359336 912305 187
Cash  2 507  2 507 2 507
 146 90139 652152 866339 419307 694
Analysis of investments at 31 December 2006 between funds
 Unrestricted Funds £Restricted Funds £Endowment Funds £Total Funds 2006 £Total Funds 2005 £
Listed investments
Government stocks5 875  29 996 35 871 37 648
Other investments
Collective investment funds141 02639 652120 363301 041267 539
 146 90139 652150 359336 912305 187
Table 11. Stocks
 2006 £2005 £
Stock18 34022 944
Table 12. Debtors
 2006 £2005 £
Trade debtors18 93915 471
Other debtors 1 109 2 548
Prepayments 1 150 2 418
 21 19820 437
Table 13. Creditors: amounts falling due within one year
 2006 £2005 £
Taxation and social security 3 350 3 299
Accruals and other creditors11 318 4 600
Subscriptions in advance12 71520 196
 27 38328 095
Table 14. Restricted funds
 Balance at 1st January 2006 £Incoming Resources £Resources Expended £Fund Transfers £Investment Gains/(losses) £Balance at 31st December 2006 £
The Research fund 44 747  6 436(6 863)1 000 45 320
The Clancey Legacy fund  6 417   6 417
Mountfort Exp. Fund  4 000(1 000)  3 000
Conference sponsorship
 – DEFRA   2 000(2 000)   
 – Forestry Comm.   5 000(5 000)   
 – Forestry Research   2 000(2 000)   
 – RSPB   7 500(7 500)   
 – Scottish Natural
Heritage   1 500(1 500)   
 – Dept. of Environ.     1 000(1 000)         
  55 164 25 436(25 863) 54 737
Table 15. Unrestricted funds
 Balance at 1st January 2006 £Incoming Resources £Resources Expended £Fund Transfers £Investment Gains/(losses) £Balance at 31st December 2006 £
Designated:
 Life Members fund 41 861  3 543 (4 384) 5 550 46 570
 Conference fund 46 655 35 723(30 930)   51 448
General fund152 226118 834(75 169)4 384 9 744210 019
 240 742158 100(106 099)15 294308 037
Table 16. Endowed funds
 Balance at 1st January 2006 £Incoming Resources £Resources Expended £Fund Transfers £Investment Gains/(losses) £Balance at 31st December 2006 £
The Landsborough and 78 885   6 937 85 822
Mary Thompson Research
Fund
The Research Fund 40 771   4 204 44 975
The Hutt Legacy 32 337            (1 050) 31 287
 151 99310 091162 084
Table 17. Allocation of charity net assets
 Investments £Net Current Assets £Total £
Endowed funds152 867  9 217162 084
Restricted funds 54 73754 737
Unrestricted funds186 552121 485308 037
 339 419185 439524 858