Sunday, 12 August 2007

Changes to the BOU Records Committee

Several changes to the membership of British Ornithologist’s Union Records Committee are taking place this summer.

Secretary, Tim Melling, has retired after eight years in post and will remain on the Committee for two more years as an ordinary member. Long-standing Committee member Andrew Harrop now takes over as Secretary. Andrew has been an active birdwatcher for more than 35 years and has particular interests in identification and distribution. He has written many papers and is co-author of the forthcoming new avifauna of Leicestershire and Rutland.

Ian Lewington retires from the Committee after his ten-year term and is being replaced by Andy Brown, Principal Ornithologist at the newly-formed Natural England. Andy has published a number of scientific papers and is co-author of Birds in England.

Steve Dudley, BOU spokesman, commented “Those being appointed to BOURC understand the demanding nature of the position. It requires highly skilled and motivated individuals who dedicate much of their spare time to assessing records of national importance in the Committee’s maintenance of The British List.

“The BOU is very grateful to Tim Melling for his eight-year stint as Committee Secretary and is pleased to retain him for two further years, and to Ian Lewington whose critical artist’s eye, energy and enthusiasm will be missed.”