Ian Wallace (ornithologist)

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D. Ian M. Wallace
Born Before 1935
Other names
  • Ian Wallace
  • D.I.M. Wallace
  • DIMW
Known for Concise edition (BWPC) of The Birds of the Western Palearctic

D. Ian M. Wallace (known as Ian Wallace or D.I.M. Wallace,[1][2][3] or by his initials DIMW; born before 1935[4]) is a British birder, author and artist. He lives in Staffordshire.

D.I.M. Wallace was the second chairman of the British Birds Rarities Committee[5] and was a contributing author to The Birds of the Western Palearctic.

In 1963, Wallace was among a party of birders,[6] led by Guy Mountfort[7] and including Julian Huxley,[7] George Shannon[6] and, James Ferguson-Lees,[6] which made the first ornithological expedition to Azraq in Jordan.[6] The expedition's recommendations eventually led to the creation of the Azraq Wetland Reserve and other protected areas.[8] Papers from the expedition are in the United Kingdom's National Archives.[9] He identified at least four species previously unknown in Nigeria.[10]

He is the Honorary Life President of Flamborough Ornithological Group since 2000), and of Flamborough Bird Observatory.[11]

Wallace has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4's Saving Species, discussing his October 1960 observations of the visible migration of birds over London, on their 50th anniversary.[12]

He has been described as "one of the very top ornithologists in the UK",[13] "one of the great names of British bird-watching",[14] by the BBC as "a pioneer of ornithology [in the United Kingdom]",[12] and by Mark Cocker as both "one of the godfathers of modern birding"[4] and "the grand old man of birds".[15]



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  1. ^ "The Top 100 iPad Apps: Birds of Britain and Ireland (Pro Edition)". 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Wallace, D.I.M. (1998-10-31). "Musselburgh - Ian Wallace reminiscences 1947-51". Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Beguiled by Birds - Ian Wallace on British Birdwatching". WildSounds. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Cocker, Mark (2004-09-18). "Review: A Bird in the Bush and Beguiled by Birds". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Dean, Alan R. (2007) The British Birds Rarities Committee: a review of its history, publications and procedures British Birds 100(3): 149–176
  6. ^ a b c d "Slimbridge gathering for veterans of British birding". British Birds. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Dronamraju, Krishna R. (1993). If I Am to be Remembered: The Life and Work of Julian Huxley with Selected Correspondence. World Scientific. ISBN 9789810211424. 
  8. ^ "Protected Areas". Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. Jordan. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Access to Archives, ref EMN/Box 5". National Archives. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bulletin of the Nigerian Ornithological Society, Volume 6, 1969". West African Ornithological Society. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Honorary Life President:". Flamborough Bird Observatory. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Saving Species, Series 1, Episode 25". BBC Online. BBC. 2010-10-21. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Wilson, Colin (2005-07-29). ""Bird-watching before Birding" by Ian Wallace". Berkshire Ornithological Club. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  14. ^ ""Bird-watching before Birding" by Ian Wallace". 2005-08-03. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Cocker, Mark (2011-02-08). "Grumpy old men?". Birdwatch. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 

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