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Author and academic Tim Birkhead to speak at club’s 2020 AGM
TIM Birkhead has agreed to be the guest speaker at the LBC's 24th March 2020 annual meeting.
Until his recent retirement, Tim had been Professor of Behaviour and Evolution at Sheffield University since 1976.
He has always combined his enthusiasm for research with a passion for undergraduate teaching.
He has taught courses on ecology, evolution, statistics, birds, behavioural ecology, animal behaviour and the history and philosophy of science.
An authority on guillemots, specifically those that nest on Skomer Island, his data on the species has yielded important insights on the impact of climate change, integrity of habitat, warmer oceans and food supplies.
Tim is the author of numerous, award-winning books including The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology.
The club's annual meeting will be at 7.30pm on March 24 at The Golf Hotel in Woodhall Spa.
An update on his guillemot research project is at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/guillemotsskomer
Photo: Tim Birkhead - with ‘team members’
Birds of Lincolnshire
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The Lincolnshire Bird Club Committee are pleased to announce the publication of a new county avifauna: Birds of Lincolnshire. Featuring a front cover painting by Nik Borrow commemorating the first Pallas’s Sandgrouse invasion at Saltfleetby in April 1863.
Birds of Lincolnshire is a full county avifauna A4 size book with 240 pages. It covers all 402 BOU category ABC bird species recorded in the county from 1500 up to 2019 and certain key records for 2020 and much more. The book is lavishly illustrated with photos of birds seen in Lincolnshire, county landscapes and aerial photographs of key nature reserves.
The authors writing and producing Birds of Lincolnshire the late Colin Casey, the former Database Manager for the Lincolnshire Bird Club, former County Recorder John Clarkson, Chair of LBC Philip Espin and current County Recorder Philip Hyde. All four are Lincolnshire born and bred and have been involved in the writing and production of the annual Lincolnshire Bird Report over the past decade. All have been members of LBC since it was founded in 1979.
The book contains sections covering the following:
- Details of how birds are recorded in the county with maps showing county coverage.
- A description of the bird habitats and natural regions of Lincolnshire with maps showing the extent of different habitat types.
- Details of past and present breeding birds of Lincolnshire and how they have changed over the last 50 years.
- An account of important sites in the county by region supported by tables of sites ranked by number of species and rare birds recorded and site grid references.
- A short history of the Lincolnshire Bird Club.
- A systematic list of all BOU accepted species in the county. The status of each species is described and all sightings listed for rare and scarcer species. Each species account is accompanied by local photographs or drawings with distribution maps of sightings and graphs of abundance changes where appropriate. For regular occurring species an indication of the population size and changing status is provided.
- A systematic list of birds recorded in Lincolnshire and not yet accepted by BOU on to the full British list are covered.
- A list of species new to the Lincolnshire list since the last avifauna was published in 1989 and their published finders.
- An extensive gallery of bird images taken in the county.
- Details of Photographers, Acknowledgements, Supporters and References.
- A Lincolnshire checklist based on the complete BOU British List showing bird species on the Lincolnshire list with a preface discussing the British species not recorded in the county.
Birds of Lincolnshire cost £43 to the public including second class postage and packaging and costs £33 including second class postage and packaging for members.
Phil Espin, Chair Lincs Bird Club
There are a number of Programs and online services that enable you to store your bird sightings
Wildlife Recorder - This is a powerful and full-featured program for Windows. Used by the LBC to keep it records and by many birders and clubs throughout the world
BirdTrack - This is a free online service from the BTO where you can enter your records into their database. The LBC gets between 15000 and 20000 records from BirdTrack each month.
iGoTerra - An online service, paid by subscription.
Bird Journal - An offline and online service, free or paid by subscription. Runs on all platforms.
Birdwatching is our passion, but to go one step further with your hobby, please send in your sighting records so they can be stored and used an essential part of this.
Most software packages will export your records in a spreadsheet format which can be converted to our LBC Template and then imported directly into our database.
The LBC AGM Notice was emailed to all LBC Members on March 6th 2019.
Our speaker at the AGM on Tuesday April 9th 2019 at 7.30pm will be local Lincs birder Alex Lees, who is now a respected academic ecologist. Alex Lees is a lecturer in biodiversity at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in the Peak District. Twitter: @Alexander_Lees
He will be talking about Rewilding and has some interesting ideas to share about opportunities in Lincs.
We are changing the venue this year to The Golf Hotel, Woodhall Spa and I look forward to seeing you all there.
The Golf Hotel