We are deeply honoured and very pleased to announce that Professor Ian Newton OBE FRS FRSE has agreed to take up the role as President of the MLSG. In his own words:
Those of us who live in Europe are well aware of the facts that many birds are much less numerous than they used to be and that some populations are still decreasing year by year. Some of the most marked declines are shown by long-distance migratory species which breed in Europe and winter in Africa. Learning what is causing their declines is important if we are to conserve these species for the benefit and delight of future generations. Studies of population limitation are hard enough on resident birds, but they are even more difficult in migrants which occur in widely separated countries at different times of year. Factors causing population declines could operate either in breeding, migration or wintering areas, and there may be carry-over effects from one area to another. In tackling these problems, collaboration is paramount, enabling people who live at different points on the migration routes to work together in a coordinated manner. Such collaborative studies will surely lead to more rapid advance in our understanding than could be achieved by scattered researchers working in isolation over only parts of the annual range of declining species. Organised cooperation and information exchange are the key roles of the Migrant Landbird Study Group, bringing together dispersed researchers, both professional and amateur, into an interactive community, working towards common goals.
Ian Newton, September 2016