The 1,006th meeting of the Club was held on 21 November 2022 via the online medium of Zoom.

Prof. Michael Cherry, professor of zoology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, spoke on What can be done about range declines in South Africa's forest-dependent birds? Over half of South Africa's forest-dependent birds have suffered range declines over the past 30 years. These declines have been concentrated in Eastern Cape Province, despite an 18% increase in forest cover there over the same period. The cause of local forest bird extinctions appears to be habitat degradation arising from informal harvesting of forest products. Natural products comprise 10–14% of household income in rural villages in the former Ciskei and Transkei areas of the province, so the investigation focused on the impact of informal harvesting of bark, poles and timber on avian functional diversity. Bark and timber harvesting resulted in canopy gaps, negatively affecting bird species that forage in the understorey or on the forest floor. Moreover, much bark harvesting appears to be driven by commercial demand, and 29% of trees harvested for bark in the province die from ringbarking. By contrast, pole harvesting is of less concern as it appears to be on the decline owing to reduced demand, is occurring at sustainable levels, and is mostly for household use. The Forest Act of 1998 provides for sustainable harvesting through Participatory Forest Management (PFM), but in practice it has not been implemented. Based on the study's findings, suggestions were provided for improved methods of monitoring and control. The talk is now available on YouTube ( and also via the Club website

The Club held an informal unminuted evening meeting on Monday 28 November 2022 at 6.00pm in the upstairs room at the Barley Mow, 104 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2EE. The meeting commenced with an excellent talk by Tony Statham on Bird books and bird stamps with examples, and continued with a general discussion concerning the Club and its future plans and development. The evening was attended by: Ms A. Belman, Mr P. J. Belman, Mr R. Bray, Cmdr. M. B. Casement, Mr. S. Chapman, Mr M. Howard, Mr A. Jackson, Mr R. Langley, Mr S. MacDonald Smyth, Mr R. Middleton, Dr R. Prŷs-Jones, Mr A. Richford, Mr S. A. H. Statham, Mr C. W. R. Storey (Chairman) and Ms A. Wilson.

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"CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS," Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 143(1), 1-2, (6 March 2023).
Published: 6 March 2023
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