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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), Mark Holling, Stephen Menzie, Adrian Pitches, Richard Porter 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 Bryan Barnacle, Neil Bucknell, John Eyre, Ian Newton and Richard Porter.

Below are short profiles of the Directors and Trustees

Adrian Pitches

Adrian is a BBC journalist who lives on Tyneside. He compiles the monthly News and comment column in BB. A birder for nearly 40 years, he’s the co-author of Birds New to Britain 1980-2004. Outside the Western Palearctic, his primary interest is in the birds of Africa and Asia; he’s a former Council member of the Oriental Bird Club.

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.

Ian Newton

Ian has had a lifelong interest in birds, and has studied them as a career for more than 40 years. In his spare time, he does more of the same things. He bought his first copy of BB at age 12, and has been a regular reader ever since. His main interests are in population ecology and migration, on which topics he has written several books. He has served as Chairman of the RSPB, the British Ornithologists’ Union and the British Trust for Ornithology.

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.

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!

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 London where he works in app development. When he’s not working, he enjoys nothing more than an evening at the ballet.