Our blogs cover two main themes:

  • Research stories: These can be summaries of papers published in the Bulletin or interesting stories originating from any research undertaken.
  • Issues in Ornithology:  These can be accounts of our meetings or any issues our members feel are pertinent to the field.

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What type of blog can you write?

A few helpful guidelines…

  • Title – make it short and snappy, approximately 10 words or less if possible.
  • Audience – blog topics should be relevant and accessible to those with an interest in ornithology, but not necessarily with an academic background.
  • Style – make the tone personal and keep it in the first person (I/we). Try to have an active, rather than passive, voice wherever possible. It doesn’t need to be as formal as a scientific paper!
  • Language – avoid unnecessary academic jargon. Remember to define acronyms and initialisms at their first use, unless they are commonly known, for example ‘UK’ or ‘DNA’.
  • Grammar – use British English (-ise, -re, -our, ll, double vowels, -ence, -ogue).
  • Keep it short – 500–750 words
  • Break it down – be creative in how you present information. Use short paragraphs, bullet-points, lists and headings.
  • Add links – instead of citations, embed hyperlinks to direct readers to other information sources which back-up what you are saying. These can be to other webpages and not just academic sources. Try to stick to a maximum of five sources per blog post.
  • Add illustrations – enhance the blog with captioned images, videos and infographics. Please give appropriate credits and ensure you have the rights to allow use by the BOC.
  • Sign-off – your name and who you are, and do give some information about yourself and an image if you wish.

Submitting a blog

Please feel free to contact us to discuss whether your proposed topic is suitable for the BOC blog.

When you are happy with your blog please send to boc-online@gmail.com who will moderate, format, check any hyperlinks and may carry out ‘light’ editing of the blog post. Please send images separately (preferably as vectorised image files) via email or WeTransfer (https://wetransfer.com/).