Marsh Award for International Ornithology

This is a new Award run in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology and which was presented for the first time this year.

The Award goes to an individual scientist whose work on the international stage has had significant influence on British ornithology, especially as reflected in the work of BTO scientists and volunteers.

The 2013 winner is Dr Lars Svensson


Lars Svensson, pictured right, has made an immeasurable contribution to bird ringing through his book: Identification Guide to European Passerines. The first edition, published in 1970, was just 152 pages and covered 177 species but had already moved on from the earlier BTO and other guides published in the 1960s. The current (4th) edition published in 1992 covers 229 species and has 368 pages. The next edition will shortly be in development.

The books are based on Lars Svensson's extensive work on museum skins (over 35,000 examined) as well as the literature and contributions from many ringers. These books are the passerine-ringers’ 'Bibles', without which our knowledge of different ages and sexes of species would be much poorer.



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