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Directors and Trustees

British Birds is owned and published by BB 2000 Ltd, the Directors of which are Adam Rowlands (Chairman), Lizzie Bruce, Mark Holling, Stephen Menzie, Nina O’Hanlon, Richard Porter, Nick Rutter and Chris Spooner. All BB 2000 Directors are unpaid volunteers.

BB 2000 Limited is wholly owned by the British Birds Charitable Trust (registered charity No. 1089422) whose trustees are Neil Bucknell (chair), Tim Birkhead, John Eyre, Richard Porter and Eve Tigwell.

Below are short profiles of the Directors and Trustees

Adam Rowlands

Adam is the senior site manager at the RSPB’s flagship Minsmere reserve, in Suffolk. He has had close links with British Birds for many years, chiefly through the Rarities Committee; he joined the Committee as a voting member in the 1990s and was then Chairman for ten years until 2015.


Chris Spooner

Chris lives in Hampshire and is the Treasurer and a Trustee of the African Bird Club. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales he retired from full time employment in 2012 and now spends more time travelling and getting involved with various conservation charities. A BB subscriber since 1973 he was delighted to be asked to join the board and get involved in his favourite birding publication.

Eve Tigwell

Eve has been the BTO Regional Representative for Somerset for many years, organising a whole range of surveys in the county; she organised and co-authored The Somerset Atlas, and is currently Treasurer of the Somerset Ornithological Society.  She has served as BTO Honorary Secretary and Chairman of the Pension Fund Trustees.  Eve is particularly interested in research into the populations of commoner birds, and how they respond to habitat changes.  She earns her living as an international garden retail consultant.

John Eyre

John has been interested in birds for as long as he can remember. Raised in Derbyshire, he now lives in Hampshire where he is particularly interested in heathland birds concentrating on Nightjar, Woodlark and Dartford Warbler. As an active member of Hampshire Ornithological Society he spent a long spell as its chairman, co-edited Birds of Hampshire and, more recently, edited Hampshire Bird Atlas 2007-12. He has also served on the BTO Council and chaired the national Atlas Working Group. He became a director of BB 2000 Ltd. soon after the company was founded and served as its chairman from 2006 to 2015.

Lizzie Bruce

Lizzie has worked on a number of nature reserves for the RSPB and Norfolk Wildlife Trust. She is currently the RSPB’s NW Norfolk Reserves warden covering Titchwell Marsh and Snettisham reserves.  When not in Norfolk Lizzie can be found at Spurn where she is a committee member for Spurn Bird Observatory Trust. Her main interests are conservation and managing reserves to benefit wildlife and inspire visitors.

Mark Holling

Mark Holling has been a keen birder since primary school and a reader of BB since 1980. A Director of BB since 2011, he joined the Editorial Panel in 2013 and has a particular interest in the status and distribution of birds. He has contributed to and being involved in the preparation and publication of two local bird atlases in his home area of southeast Scotland. Although originally employed in IT, since 2006 Mark has been Secretary of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, and writes the Panel reports published annually in BB. He loves nothing better than wandering the shorelines and cliffs of Lothian and Borders counting terns and Rock Pipits, although the temptations of rarer things elsewhere draw him away from time to time!

Neil Bucknell

Neil lives in Berkshire, and is a solicitor practising in Guildford. He is currently president of the Berkshire Ornithological Club. He is co-author of The Birds of Berkshire, and has served as Hon Secretary of both the BOU and BTO. He is particularly interested in inland waterbirds, having covered the same WeBS sites for over 30 years, and after involvement with two local atlases is involved with putting the information to use in local conservation.

Nick Rutter

Nick lives in south London, and is a retired solicitor. He edits The London Naturalist, the journal of the London Natural History Society, and is a regular contributor to the London Bird Report. Having lived in Sussex for many years before moving to London, Nick also remains the honorary legal adviser to the Sussex Ornithological Society

Nina O’Hanlon

Nina is a seabird ecologist living on the north coast of Caithness. She has had an interest in birds since childhood, which has led her to live in some amazing places across the UK, including the west coast of Scotland where she spent four years looking at Herring Gulls.  Her main interests are in conservation and waterbird ecology with a particular focus on the impact of human activities on species. However, she is passionate about all aspects of ornithology, including science communication, and is the Social Media Support Officer for the BOU.

Richard Porter

Richard who lives in north Norfolk, worked for the RSPB for many years. Currently he advises BirdLife International on their Middle East programme, specialising in Iraq, Yemen and Socotra. He also advises Nature Iraq on conservation projects and helped train and oversee their staff for their Key Biodiversity Area surveys. He is a past member of BBRC, BOURC and the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, also author of Birds of the Middle East and a council member of the World Land Trust.

Stephen Menzie

Originally from Liverpool, Stephen Menzie spent the early part of his post-university life working abroad as a ringer: in northeast Spain for one spring season and at Falsterbo, Sweden, for two springs and three autumns. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of Stephen’s interaction with birds comes in the form of ringing, although he equally enjoys birding (at home and abroad), rummaging through a museum drawer, and the (very) occasional spot of twitching. He holds a particular interest in moult, ageing and identification, especially of passerines. Stephen now lives in Dorset where he works for the Sound Approach. When he’s not working, he enjoys nothing more than an evening at the ballet.

Tim Birkhead

Professor Tim Birkhead, now emeritus, has been of Zoology and the University of Sheffield, where he’s been since 1976. His research is mainly been on the reproductive biology of birds, but also includes the the biology of avian eggs and history of science (ornithology). He has maintained a long-term population study of guillemots on Skomer Island, Wales since 1972.