British Birds (magazine)
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British Birds is a monthly ornithology magazine that was established in 1907. It is now published by BB 2000 Ltd, which is wholly owned by The British Birds Charitable Trust (registered charity number 1089422), established for the benefit of British ornithology. Its circulation in 2000 was 5,250 copies; its circulation peaked at 11,000 in the late 1980s. The current editor is Roger Riddington.
It is aimed at serious birdwatchers and ornithologists, rather than the more casual birdwatchers catered for by some other magazines on the subject. It publishes the findings of the British Birds Rarities Committee.
- June 1907Harry Witherby –
- Current – Roger Riddington
Before 1946, all volumes ran from June to May. Harry Witherby produced Vol.1 No.1 in June 1907 and produced 12 monthly issues per volume. It was finally decided to change with Volume 38, which ran from June 1944 to December 1945. Wartime paper restrictions meant that those issues were all pretty thin so it was possible to bind 19 into one volume.
The Digital Era
In 2007 a DVD-ROM disk containing the first 100 years' worth of content (Vols 1-100) was released in conjunction with BirdGuides Ltd. Subsequent volumes are available as paid-for updates.
From October 2011, the magazine's first 100 years' of back issues are available on-line, free. More recent issues are available to subscribers to the print edition.
- Ogilvie, Malcolm; Ferguson-Lees, James and Chandler, Richard (2007). "A history of British Birds". British Birds 100: 3–15.
- Charity Commission register entry
- Wallace, D. Ian M (2004). Beguiled by Birds. p. 137. ISBN 0-7136-6535-1.
- Bourne, W.R.P. "In memory of 'The Zoologist'". British Birds 88: 1–4.
- Pitches, Adrian. "The British Birds archive goes online". British Birds 104 (10): 556. ISSN 0007-0335.
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