British Ornithologists' Union
|Prof Jenny Gill
University of East Anglia
|Prof Graham Martin
University of Birmingham:
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
|Alfred Newton (founder)|
|Council of Trustees|
The British Ornithologists' Union (BOU) aims to encourage the study of birds ("ornithology") in Britain, Europe and around the world, in order to understand their biology and to aid their conservation. The BOU was founded in 1858 by Professor Alfred Newton, Henry Baker Tristram and other scientists. Its quarterly journal, Ibis, has been published since 1859.
The British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee (BOURC) is a committee of the BOU established to maintain the British List, the official list of birds recorded in Great Britain.
Objectives and Activities
- Publishes Ibis as a leading international journal of ornithological science.
- Organises a programme of meetings and conferences.
- Awards grants and bursaries for ornithological research.
- Encourages liaison between those actively engaged in ornithological research.
- Provides a representative body of the scientific community able to provide ornithological information and advice to government and other policy makers.
- Maintains and publishes the official list of birds recorded in Britain – The British List.
Awards and lectures
The following are awarded:
List of presidents
- 1858-1867 : Henry Maurice Drummond-Hay (1814–1896)
- 1867-1896 : Lord Lilford (1833–1896)
- 1896-1913 : Frederick DuCane Godman (1834–1919)
- 1913-1918 : Robert George Wardlaw Ramsay (1852–1921)
- 1918-1921 : William Eagle Clarke (1853–1938)
- 1921-1922 : Henry John Elwes (1846–1922)
- 1923-1928 : Lord Walter Rothschild (1868–1937)
- 1928-1933 : William Lutley Sclater (1863–1944)
- 1933-1938 : Harry Witherby (1873–1943)
- 1938-1943 : Sir Norman Boyd Kinnear (1882–1957)
- 1943-1948 : Percy Roycroft Lowe (1870–1948)
- 1948-1955 : Sir Arthur Landsborough Thomson (1890–1977)
- 1955-1960 : William Homan Thorpe (1902–1986)
- 1960-1965 : Reginald Ernest Moreau (1897–1970)
- 1965-1970 : V C Wynne-Edwards (1906–1997)
- 1970-1975 : Guy Mountfort (1905–2003)
- 1975-1979 : Sir Hugh Elliott (1913–1989)
- 1979-1983 : Stanley Cramp (1913–1987)
- 1983-1987 : James F Monk (1915–2014)
- 1987-1990 : David Snow
- 1990-1994 : Janet Kear (1933–2004)
- 1994-1999 : John Croxall
- 1999-2003 : Ian Newton
- 2003-2007 : Christopher Perrins
- 2007-2011 : Alistair Dawson (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
- 2011-current : Jenny Gill (University of East Anglia)
The following have been elected as honorary overseas members:
- Peter Berthold (Germany)
- Jacques Blondel (France)
- Urs Glutz von Blotzheim (Switzerland)
- Soekarja Somadikarta (Indonesia)
- Joe Sultana (Malta)
- Staffan Ulfstrand (Sweden)
- Bowdler Sharpe, R (1908). "Alfred Newton". British Birds 1: 33–9. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
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