British Ornithologists' Union

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British Ornithologists' Union
BOU logo (2014).jpg
Abbreviation BOU
Formation 1858; 156 years ago (1858)
Purpose Ornithological research
Prof Jenny Gill
University of East Anglia
Prof Graham Martin
University of Birmingham:
Shelley Hinsley
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Helen Baker
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Key people
Alfred Newton (founder)
Main organ
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.[1] 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

The following are awarded:[2]

List of presidents[edit]

Honorary members[edit]

The following have been elected as honorary overseas members:[3]

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