Established in 1946 to help and encourage members serving in the RN, RM and WRNS, in the observation and study of birds at sea, the RNBWS has widened its membership to include all those interested in bird watching and who share a common background – the sea itself. Membership (including many from overseas averages 250, including offshore oil industry, passengers on cruise liners and yachtsmen. Reports received cover most sea areas of the world.
About seven tenths of the world’s surface is covered with salt water, which provides the environment for nearly 300 species of seabirds, and across which many more species of land bird travel during their annual migrations. These frequently take refuge on board ships, especially during bad weather,. The problems of their identification and analysis of their seasonal distribution and migration routes, are challenges providing a fascinating hobby for the seafarer, and such observations can be of unique importance to the serious ornithologist and conservationist.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM
Vice-Admiral Sir David Dobson, KBE
Rear Admiral Martin Alabaster E-mail
CPO Steve Copsey Royal Navy
Stephen Chapman MN E-mail
CPO Steve Copsey Royal Navy E-mail
Warrant Officer II Tony Tindale Royal Navy E-mail
Editor of SEA SWALLOW
David Dobson E-mail
Lieutenant Steve Jones RN
CPO Mark Cutts E-mail
Established in 1946 to help and encourage the study of
birds amongst members with special reference to bird watching at sea.
The Society administers a fund left by the late Captain David Simpson, MN for a scholarship in his name. A budget for research grants and conservation work is set each year at the annual meeting. Researchers are encouraged to apply for grant funding in support of scientific seabird studies with clear aims and objectives.
Contact the General Secretary E-mail for details.
Where no e-mail exists Officers and Representatives may be contacted via the Secretary, Cdr Stuart Lawrence RN, 86 TitchfieldRoad, Stubbington, Fareham, Hants UK PO14 2JE
Hon Member and Adviser RNBWS: Dr Russell Wynn, Research Fellow, Southampton Oceanographic Centre email
Seabird Records: Capt Stephen Chapman MN e-mail
Landbird Records: Lt Chris Patrick Royal Navy e-mail
ARABIAN GULF: Commander Chris Moorey RN email@example.com
AUSTRALIA: Capt Neil Cheshire MN firstname.lastname@example.org
BRAZIL: Caio J Carlos
CYPRUS: Mr Colin Richardson email@example.com
FALKLANDS: Mr Ian Strange firstname.lastname@example.org
GIBRALTAR: Dr Keith Bensusan email@example.com – Website: GONHS
HONG KONG: Mr Geoff Welch firstname.lastname@example.org
INDIA: Mr Praveen J. email@example.com
ITALY: Mr Mark Walters firstname.lastname@example.org
MADEIRA : Dr Francis Zino email@example.com
ROMANIA: Mr Gabriel Banica firstname.lastname@example.org
SEYCHELLES: Mr Adrian Skerrett email@example.com or Pangaea@sky.com
UK-DARTMOUTH: Dr Richard Porter
UK-HUMBER Area: Mr Bill Curtis
UK-PORTLAND: Mr Martin Cade – Website: Portland Bird Observatory
UK-PORTSMOUTH: Lt Cdr Brian F Witts FRGS RN
USA: Dr Robert G Wolk firstname.lastname@example.org