Looking Back

Published on 13 March 2014 in Other

‘EDITORIAL CHANGES AT BEDFORD This month sees a major change in the editorial arrangements for British Birds with the departure of I. J. Ferguson-Lees to take up the position of deputy director (conservation) with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. James Ferguson-Lees has spent almost all his working life as executive editor of British Birds; indeed, with the exception of its founder, H. F. Witherby, he has served in a major editorial post for a longer period than anyone in the journal’s history. In June 1952, while still a schoolmaster and only 23, he took over on a voluntary basis from J. D. Wood as assistant editor and then in October 1954 he was appointed as its first full-time executive editor . . . His services to British Birds for more than 20 years have been invaluable. He has been an outstanding editor, painstaking and accurate, and the many new developments during this period owe much to his energy and inspiration . . . He has become one of the best-known figures in modern British ornithology, exerting a powerful influence on many aspects of developments in recent years. He is also well known on the international scene, especially for his efforts to encourage the co-ordination and extension of amateur research on a European basis.’ {Brit. Birds 66: 45, February 1973)

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