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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

Adam Rowlands (Chairman)

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.

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.

Bryan Barnacle

Bryan lives in Derbyshire and is chair of Derbyshire Ornithological Society having also spent seven years on RSPB Council. A career banker with a specialist knowledge of personnel and change management, he later spent five years as chair of a life insurance company in Liverpool. Throughout his working life, he saw natural history as leisure time therapy. He and his wife, Kate, have been passionate birders since the mid 1970s and are regular visitors to Scilly and Scottish Islands. As a subscriber since 1978 he is delighted to have become involved in helping BB.

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 is Secretary of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel which publishes its annual reports in BB. Formerly a systems analyst and project manager for a bank, his main interests have always been bird-related and he is especially interested in the status and distribution of birds in Britain. Originally a Yorkshire lad, he now lives on the East Lothian coast in Scotland. Much of his birding time is spent on bird-survey work or topping up his Lothian list. He co-authored The Breeding Birds of South-east Scotland (1998) and is now on the team preparing the follow-up which will also cover winter distributions. Publication is anticipated in late 2016. If not out birding or in the office poring over an excel spreadsheet, you might find him cycling with a pair of binoculars round his neck, or at home catching up on his 35+ years of BB.

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.

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.