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Steve Dudley


Read a Q&A with Steve about his role at the BOU


I’ve worked in and around ornithology, and in particular science communication, since 1985. I started life as an RSPB reserves engagement officer before moving to the BTO (membership development officer) and then, in 1997, appointed as the BOU’s senior staff member.


My role is very varied and I’m involved at some level with the delivery of everything the BOU does. My main work areas are:

  • Day to day management and running of the BOU
  • Delivering BOU conferences and events
  • Running the business side of the BOU’s journal, IBIS
  • Running the BOU’s social media and communications
  • BOU website development and content management
  • Servicing BOU Council and its five Standing Committees


Selected publications

Tweeting birds: online mentions predict future citations in ornithology. Tom Finch, Nina O’Hanlon & Steve Dudley. In press, Royal Society Open Science.

How social are ornithologists? 2016. Steve Dudley & Jen Smart. IBIS 158: 894-898. View

The British List: a checklist of the birds of Britain (8th Edition). 2013. Andrew H. J. Harrop, J. Martin Collinson, Steve P. Dudley, Chris Kehoe and The British Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee (BOURC). IBIS 155: 635-676 View

The Eagle Owl in Britain. 2008. Tim Melling, Steve Dudley & Paul Doherty. British Birds 101: 478-490 View

Changes to Category C of The British List. 2005. Steve P. Dudley. IBIS 147: 803-820 View

A birdwatching guide to Lesvos. 2010. Steve Dudley. Arlequin Press, Shrewsbury, UK View

Watching British Dragonflies. 2007. Steve Dudley, Caroline Dudley & Andrew Mackay. Arlequin Press, Shrewsbury, UK View

Rare Birds Day by Day. 1997. Steve Dudley, Tim Benton, Paul Fraser & John Ryan. T & AD Poyser, London, UK View

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