BBRC Appoints a New Chairman


After 18 years involvement with the British Birds Rarities Committee, the last 11 as chairman, Colin Bradshaw will retire on 31st March 2008. His outstanding managerial skills and vision have steered the committee through times of great and often difficult change. These have included unprecedented developments in identification and taxonomy, the move to electronic submission and most recently the recruitment of a new secretary. He will now take a very well-earned rest.

Following a call for nominations earlier this year, the board of directors of British Birds have appointed Adam Rowlands as the new Chairman. Having been a voting member on BBRC since 1999, he is hugely experienced in record assessment. His experience as the reserve manager at two of the RSPB's flagship reserves (Titchwell and Minsmere) testify to his outstanding ability as a manager, diplomat and administrator. Such skills will be essential in his new position as chairman of BBRC. Crucially, he is also a hugely experienced birder and bird finder with an outstanding knowledge of bird identification. He will take over at the AGM in spring 2008 after a 9-month transition period.

The chairman's job is never easy, completely voluntary and always busy and all involved in BBRC consider themselves very fortunate to have secured his commitment to this important role.

Written by: Jimmy Steele