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  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

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, and should be sent in RTF on disk or by email to: The Administrator, BOU, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK. Tel./Fax: +44 (0)1865 281842. Email: steve.dudley@bou.org.uk

Deadlines for contributions: 15 September (January issue); 15 December (April issue); 15 March (July issue); 15 June (October issue).


BOU Council Changes

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

At the BOU's AGM held at the University of Leicester on 2 April 2007, Alistair Dawson was elected as President replacing Christopher Perrins, Rob Fuller was elected as Vice President to replace Chris Feare, Richard Bradbury was elected as an Ordinary Member to replace Mark Rehfisch as Chairman of the BOU's Meetings Committee, and Stuart Bearhop and Tim Birkhead were elected as Ordinary Members to replace Alistair Dawson and Ian Hartley.

Council would like to thank outgoing members for their efforts during their respective terms of office, in particular Chris Feare who leaves the Union's service after nearly two decades of continual service on Council and Union committees. A warm welcome to all our new members.

BOU Ornithological Research Grants

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

Each year the BOU awards grants to ornithological projects around the world. The projects vary widely from the more pure scientific to conservation science projects.

Over the last few years we have been able to make more awards due to a legacy left to us by the late Guy Mountfort to use to support ornithological expeditions/projects.

This year the BOU have made the following awards:

Bunbury, N. (UEA, UK). £250. Using a common sister species to elucidate the origin of parasitic infection in the endangered Pink Pigeon.

Owino, A. (Kenya Wildlife Service). £1000. Some aspects of conservation biology of Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris in Kenyan sector of Lake Victoria.

Wamiti, W. (National Museums of Kenya). £850. Survey of globally threatened birds in the northern sector of Kinangop Grasslands IBA, Lake Ol Borossat Grasslands and Marmanet Forest Reserve, central Kenya.

Daroczi, S. (Transylvania University, Romania). £450. Research on distribution and status of the Saker Falco cherrug in southeastern Romania.

Stoyanov, G. (Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds of Prey). £450. Research on the contemporary distribution of species from order Falconiformes, nesting in the rock biotopes in northwestern Bulgaria.

Gray, T. (UEA, UK). £1468. Locating critical habitats for Bengal Florican in Cambodia: towards the sustainable management of Tonle Sap Grassland.

The following projects have been supported specifically from the Guy Mountfort Legacy:

Melo, M. (CEFE-CNRS, France). £1000. The status of a rare and recently described endemic bird species (the Príncipe Thrush Turdus [Olivaceofuscus] Xanthorhynchus) and a search for an as-yet undescribed ‘owl’.

Morozov, V. (Moscow State University, Russia). £1000. Surveying breeding grounds of the critically endangered Sociable Lapwing in southern Russia.

Dick, W. (UK). £1000. A research programme on the spring migration of Knots through Porsangerfjord, North Norway.

For details of previous years’ awards please see the BOU website (http://www.bou.org.uk/bouresg.htm). Applications for 2008 close on 31 December 2007 (for awards made in April 2008). For further details contact the BOU at grants@bou.org.uk.

BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

Habitat Creation and Restoration: The Way Forward. 29 October 2007. Peterborough, UK.

The programme can be viewed on the BOU website at http://www.bou.org.uk. Bookings can also be made online via the website. Please note there is an ‘early bird’ rate for bookings made before 21 September 2007.

The programme has been organized by Dr Phil Atkinson (BTO), Dr Malcolm Ausden (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).

Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

A BOU-BTO Workshop.

The standard regression/ANOVA techniques taught in most undergraduate courses are often unsuitable for analyzing data generated by ecologists. Generalized Linear Models (GLMs) provide a natural and powerful extension to these methods which allows the relationships between many types of ecological data to be investigated. In this course, participants will learn how GLMs may be used to analyze a range of ecological data in relation to environmental variables, how to evaluate critically the fit of their models and how to select between them. Further information and booking at http://www.bou.org.uk.

The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

Bird conservation in response to global change: from ornithology to policy. 8–10 April 2008. University of Leicester, UK.

Details are now on the BOU website (http://www.bou.org.uk) where updates will be posted from time to time and online bookings will be available from late summer 2007 (including ‘early bird’ rates).

Call for papers

If you would like to have your paper considered for an oral presentation please email a 250-word abstract for consideration to Dr Will Cresswell at will.cresswell@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Poster presentations

If you would like to contribute a poster to this meeting please contact the BOU Conference Office in the first instance at posters@bou.org.uk.

Published proceedings

It is hoped that the proceedings of this conference can be published as a full print and online supplement of Ibis and further details will be announced at a later date.

The BOU is extremely grateful to Dr Will Cresswell for his hard work as lead organizer for this important anniversary meeting.

BOU conference proceedings

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

Whenever possible, the BOU aims to publish the proceedings of both our annual spring conference and autumn scientific meetings as free-to-view online supplements of Ibis. Recent supplements which can be accessed via the BOU website (http://www.bou.org.uk/pubibis.html) include Birds and Recreational Disturbance, Wind, Fire & Water: Renewable Energy & Birds, Climate Change and Coastal Birds and Lowland Farmland Birds: The Road to Recovery.

Proceedings currently being worked on include Woodland Birds: Their Ecology and Management (due 2007) and Birds as Predators and as Prey (due 2009).

Lowland Farmland Birds: The Road to Recovery is also available in print (http://www.bou.org.uk/store2.htm or contact the BOU Office: price £25 UK, £28 overseas surface mail or £31 overseas airmail).

British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

BOU members are always welcome to attend Club meetings held at Imperial College, South Kensington, London. A buffet supper at 7.00 pm precedes the evening's talk. For bookings (required 14 days in advance of each meeting) and further details, please contact the Honorary Secretary Tony Statham, Ashlyns Lodge, Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, Herts. HP24 2ST, UK. Email: sahs@tinyworld.co.uk, or visit the BOC website at http://www.boc-online.org. The remaining 2007 programme is as follows (dates are all Tuesdays):

25 September 2007 –Lord Cranbrook –‘Swiftlets

6 November 2007 –David Fisher –‘Birds of Australia’.

Further details about the speakers and their subjects, together with information on booking, can be found on the BOC website at http://www.boc-online.org.

Other meetings and conferences

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

6th European Ornithologist's Conference, 24–29 August 2007, Vienna, Austria.

The Conference will cover all aspects of ornithology with participants from all over Europe. Registration and submission of abstracts for oral contributions and posters open to everyone. Further details: http://www.eou.at.

12th Pan-African Ornithological Congress. 7–12 September 2008, Goudini Spa Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.

Theme: Birds and People – Interaction, Utilisation and Conservation.

Further information from http://www.paoc12.org.

A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

  1. Top of page
  2. Abstract
  3. BOU Council Changes
  4. BOU Ornithological Research Grants
  5. BOU 2007 Autumn Scientific Meeting
  6. Modeling for ecologists: the application of GLMs. 26–27 November 2007, Thetford, Norfolk
  7. The BOU's 150th Anniversary Conference, 2008 BOU Annual Conference
  8. BOU conference proceedings
  9. British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings
  10. Other meetings and conferences
  11. A report from a BOU supported project: Cambodia Ornithological Expedition – summary of findings

Three Critically Endangered bird species, White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis, White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni and Giant Ibis Thaumatibis gigantean, were recorded during the University of East Anglia affiliated Cambodia Ornithological Expedition between January and March 2006. The former two species were each seen on just one occasion over deciduous dipterocarp forest, while Giant Ibis were recorded at 23 pools visited during an extensive large waterbird survey (including both direct observations and detection of dignostic probe marks). These records, together with other wildlife survey data collected by the team, provide a comprehensive bio-inventory to complement existing data on the biodiversity of the 1200-km2 Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area (SBCA) buffer zone, southeast Cambodia. The study area was partially dominated by deciduous dipterocarp forest (DDF), a habitat largely restricted to Southeast Asia. Our records of White-rumped Vulture, White-shouldered Ibis and Giant Ibis all represent the species’ southern range limits within this bioregion, adding considerably to our knowledge of the local distributions of these important taxa. Other records of key species are detailed in Tables 1 and 2. The team's main focus was to survey ephemeral waterbodies within DDF in order to analyse habitat preferences of several globally threatened large waterbirds, with particular reference to the effects of human disturbance. Initial analysis shows that various habitat features influence large waterbird visitation rates, including pool size and availability of bare mud. Several measures of local human disturbance showed a consistent negative correlation with bird visitation rates, suggesting a strong influence of local human populations on the foraging activity of species such as Giant Ibis and Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus.

Table 1.  Key bird species encountered within the SBCA buffer by the survey team. IUCN red list and IBA criteria A1 species listed.
Common nameScientific nameIUCN criterion*Records for SBCA western buffer zone
  • *

    Based on 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (http://www.iucnredlist.org). CR = Critical, EN = Endangered, VU = Vulnerable, NT = Near Threatened.

Giant IbisThaumatibis giganteaCRGroups or individuals seen or heard on six occasions, plus probe marks at pools
White-shouldered IbisPseudibis davisoniCROne sighting of two individuals
White-rumped VultureGyps bengalensisCROne sighting
Lesser AdjutantLeptoptilus javanicusVUCommon – one record of nesting birds
Green PeafowlPavo muticusVUCommon in deciduous dipterocarp forest
Germain's Peacock PheasantPolyplectron germainiVUUncommon in evergreen forest
White-rumped FalconPolyhierax insignisNTFairly common in deciduous dipterocarp forest
Grey-headed Fish EagleIchthyophaga ichthyaetusNTUncommon, seen in all areas
Siamese FirebackLophura diardiNTCommon in evergreen forest
Great HornbillBuceros bicornisNTFairly common in evergreen forest
Table 2.  Key mammal species encountered within the SBCA buffer by the survey team, with their global conservation threat status (IUCN criterion).
Common nameScientific nameIUCN criterion*Records for SBCA western buffer zone
  • *

    Based on 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (http://www.iucnredlist.org). EN = Endangered, VU = Vulnerable, NT = Near Threatened, DD = Data Deficient, lc = least concern.

Eld's DeerCervus eldiiVUSeveral sightings in deciduous forest
BantengBos javanicusENSign found occasionally throughout
Bear spp.Ursus spp.DD/VUSign found in evergreen forest
Yellow-cheeked Crested GibbonNomascus gabriellaeVUCommon in evergreen forest
Silvered LangurTrachypithecus cristatuslcFairly common in riparian forest
Black-shanked Douc LangurPygathrix nemaeusENFairly common in evergreen forest
Long-tailed MacaqueMacaca fascicularisNTCommon in riparian forest
Pig-tailed MacaqueMacaca nemestrinaVUSeen in evergreen forest

During the second phase of the expedition in March the team concentrated its efforts on improving existing knowledge of the habitat preference and abundance of Manchurian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus tangorum, a Palearctic migrant wintering on the Tonlé Sap floodplain. This species is classified as Vulnerable due to the restricted size of its known wintering grounds. Its current status in Cambodia is poorly understood. However, as SE Asia's largest wetland area, the Tonlé Sap floodplain has the potential to support a sizeable population. During four weeks of fieldwork at three sites in Kompong Thom and Siem Reap Provinces, approximately 500 birds were caught and ringed, including 200 Acrocephalus warblers. Most were Black-browed Reed Warblers A. bistrigiceps and Oriental Reed Warblers A. orientalis, with only nine Manchurian Reed Warblers being captured in total. Ringing records were supplemented by 60 randomly located tape playback trials, revealing that the species occurs at low density in both wet and dry areas of tall grassland, a widespread but local habitat within the floodplain. The species has been recorded at high densities in wet Phragmites reedswamp in Thailand. This habitat type was not encountered during our survey, despite extensive travel within the southeastern part of the Tonle Sap floodplain. It seems that the floodplain is occupied at relatively low densities by Manchurian Reed Warbler, suggesting that the Cambodian wintering population may be smaller than was hoped.