TN73 The Conference Calls 02 Dec 11


The one with guest Steve Dudley, senior administrator at the BOU and ex officio member of the BOU’s Records Committee, where we find out whether the BOU is a democracy or not, why Steve calls himself ‘Toadsnatcher’, latest thoughts about the ‘Nanjizel flycatcher‘, who or what the British List is actually for, and how many members you get when you pay for and distribute 300,000 checklists to the UK’s birders…

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Show Notes

And your Panel today consists of…

  • Charlie Moores, a freelance writer and podcaster (and now sadly intermittent birder) who either lives in a warm little cottage in north Wiltshire with his family or in a cold ‘podding shed’ editing an endless series of podcasts that more and more people appear to now be listening to.
  • John Hague, a birding psychiatric nurse from Barnsley who now lives in Leicester where he’s a prominent member of the Leicester and Rutland Ornithological Society. John blogs extensively at The Drunkbirder where he rants “about the world and the absurdities of life“.
  • Tom McKinney, the Derbyshire-based birder and award-winning musician who founded The House of Bedlam and gigs as part of Tango 5, and author of the much-missed Skills Bills blog. Tom now blogs weekly at
  • Nick Moran, an expat Yorkshireman living in Norfolk, where he runs BirdTrack at the BTO. Nick spent most of the noughties birding and occasionally teaching Biology in China and the UAE; he is an OSME Council member and secretary and voting member on the Emirates Bird Records Committee which keeps him in touch with Middle East birding.



Show Notes and Links

The British Ornithologists’ Union ( was founded in 1858 by scientists of the day including Prof Alfred Newton FRS. The BOU is one of the world’s oldest and most respected ornithological organisations with an international membership stretching across all continents. In 2008, the BOU celebrated 150 years supporting ornithology.



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Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores

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