Chairman — Dr Ian Bainbridge
Ian is a Former Chief Ecological Adviser for the Scottish Government and Head of Science at Scottish Natural Heritage. Ian worked in conservation ecology for thirty five years, previously with RSPB and Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Ian was chair of the UK Scientific Working Group on Special Protection Areas for fifteen years, and of the recent Review of the Guidelines for Biological SSSIs. A ringer for 45 years, Ian Chairs the Ringing Committee.
Mr Sam Bayley
Sam has been a bird ringer since 2005 and a ringing trainer since 2013. Sam worked as a Ranger in England, for various organisations including the National Trust, before moving to Ireland, first to run Cape Clear Bird Observatory and then to work as a Research Assistant at University College Cork. Sam is now a Consultant Ecologist, Ornithologist and Conservation Land Manager. Sam is also a committee member for the Irish Ringers’ Conference.
Mr John Black
John has been a bird ringer for nearly 20 years, ringing at numerous locations in Britain and abroad. John worked as a reserves officer for Notts Wildlife Trust, before undertaking a five-year stint in the licensing team at Natural England. John is now an Ecologist for the Ministry of Defence looking after designated sites and protected species, predominantly in Scotland. John is particularly interested in improvements in tracking technology, pressures affecting Afro-Palearctic migrants and responses of birds to climate change.
Mr Adrian Blackburn
Adrian developed an interest in wildlife, in particular birds, at a very early age. He became a bird ringer in 1963. As a teacher by profession, Adrian has always been keen to impart knowledge and train ringers to a high standard, an ethos that led him to organise and run many training courses over the years. Adrian has set up numerous long-term studies on a variety of species groups, including seabirds, owls and raptors, and ducks. In 2003, Adrian was awarded the Bernard Tucker Medal for services to ornithological research.
Mrs Louise Clewley
Louise has been ringing since 2009, is a ringing trainer and also holds a cannon-netting endorsement. She has been involved in many ringing projects, both at home and abroad, working with groups in Africa, New Zealand, Sweden and North America. Louise works for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. She previously worked on Project Godwit and as a Warden at Welney before moving to a role as Reserve Manager at Martin Mere; she is now the Centre and Reserve Manager at Caerlaverock. Louise mainly rings wildfowl and waders.
Dr Stephen Hunter
Stephen has been a BTO member and bird ringer for 45 years. A Zoology degree and Antarctic seabird research was followed by a Civil Service career with MAFF/Defra. He served on BTO Council for nine years, including four as Chairman. Now retired, Stephen spends time ringing in his North Yorkshire orchard and doing local surveys.
Mr Paul Roper
Paul has been a bird ringer for 40 years and a ringing trainer for 29 years. Paul worked for the Royal Mail in operations and human resources for 20 years, before moving to the RSPB for a year in 2004. He then joined the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, where he still works as Head of Project and Funding Delivery. Paul has a particular interest in studying gulls, organising and running long-term studies on Landfill Sites in southeast England, but has ringed on a large variety of projects across Britain and the world.
Dr Lucy Wright
Lucy has had a lifelong interest in birds, with a particular passion for waders. She has been a bird ringer for 20 years and a ringing trainer for eight years. A PhD on Woodlarks led to a job as a Research Manager at BTO for several years before moving to the role of Principal Conservation Scientist at RSPB, researching how man-made developments, such as offshore wind farms, affect birds. Lucy is an Associate Editor for Bird Study.
Migration blog (3rd – 9th September)
With the first days of Autumn upon us and the breeding season over for many species, the focus is now on preparing for the coming winter months.