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Funding ornithological research
BOU grant and bursary applications close 30 November 13 

The BOU offers two different award schemes for those undertaking ornithological research around the world.

Both schemes are now for applications for projects running from spring 2014.

BOU Small Ornithological Grant Scheme
This scheme provides awards of up to £2000 per project and is aimed at supporting small projects outright and to part-fund medium-sized research programmes. Deadline 30 November 2013.

View - grant guidelines and application form
View - previous awards

BOU Career Development Bursaries
Our bursary scheme supports students and early-career ornithologists (between first and higher degree programme or immediately after completion of a higher degree) undertake short-term (up to 10 weeks) research positions away from their home institute. Successful proposals will aim to develop the skills that will be useful for the applicant's future career in ornithology. Awards of up to £2500 are available.
Deadline 30 November 2013.

View - bursary guidelines and application form
View - previous awards


The ecology and conservation of birds in alpine and upland habitats

The BOU 2014 annual conference
University of Leicester, UK

1 - 3 April 2014

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Cork, Ireland
23 - 24 Nov 13

AOC 2013
Auckland, New Zealand
4 - 7 Dec 13

BTO 2013
The Life of Birds

Swanwick, UK
6 - 8 Dec 13

IOC 2014
Tokyo, Japan
18 - 24 Aug 14

Is your conference listed in the BOU's International Diary of Ornithological Events?


The 9th conference of the European Ornithologists' Union was held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich in August hosted and organised by the BOU, BTO, EGI, RSPB and UEA.

As well as being co-host and co-organiser of EOU2013UK, the BOU had a very active and high profile presence at the conference. We supported 57 BOU early-career researchers to attend the conference and delivered two key elements for early-career researchers. >> read more

Do you fancy writing a blog post for us? Then contact the BOU Office for further info.

# Turtle Doves and disease
Is disease contributing to the decline of the Turtle Dove? Read post

# Concessions in South-east Asia
Millions of hectares of natural habitat are lost to concessions threatening endangered birds. Read post

# EOU Common Agricultural Policy Reform
45% of Europe's landmass is given over to agriculture placing a huge burden on biodiversity. Read post

Some recent posts from #BOU @IBIS_journal

Flight ranges and migratory strategies: spring migration of Black-tailed Godwits
Bird Conserv Int

The vocal begging display of Great Spotted Cuckoo nestlings in nests of its two main host species 

Changes in breeding phenology and population size of birds 
J Anim Ecol 

Timing of songbird migration: individual consistency within and between seasons 

Other recent news
  • Students and early-career researchers - join us for a tenner! More details
  • Branta is back! If you have recently completed a Masters or PhD thesis, then send us an abstract to host online alongside other ornithological theses abstracts. More details
  • Ecosystem Services: do we need birds? The proceedings are now online. View

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Photos © Daniel Cox (bird ringing), Malice Smith (Whimbrel) and Christina Ieronymidou (conference)
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