Officers of ABS

Patron – Tim Appleton MBE

I am delighted and honoured to become Patron of the Andalucía Bird Society.
I first visited Andalucía in 1984 and that first visit laid a foundation for some of the most memorable birding experiences in that region. Since those early days, I have made repeated visits and fallen in love with Andalucía, its birds, its culture, its people, it’s gastronomy and the amazing range of wildlife habitats.
So, to become the Society’s Patron is a dream come true!
I will ensure that, in my role as Patron, I will endeavour to help the Society grow and become an organisation recognised throughout the Country and beyond as a shining example of friendship, active in conservation and promoting the birds of Andalucía”.

President – Peter Jones

Peter Jones, author, naturalist, co-founder of Spanish Nature, Worldwide Birding Tours and founder of the Andalucia Bird Society. Peter has been involved in a great many environmental projects and has had several works published over many years. Peter has a passion for birds, having also been involved in scientific research into birds for over 45 years, but his many interests also extend to flora and fauna. Peter has lived in Spain since 2003.

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Vice President (Chairman) – John Brooks

I moved to Spain on retirement from international management business 16 years ago and took the opportunity to renew my interest in birding, living initially in Madrid before moving to Sabinillas on the Costa del Sol.
I have travelled extensively throughout Spain as well as worldwide birding and have organised tours for friends.  I would describe myself as a social birder, definitely not a twitcher.

Secretary – Jacki Gittins

Born and raised in Cheshire, now living part time in Solihull and part time on the sunny Costa del Sol. Jacki’s interest in birds was sparked by a webcam trained on the infamous Loch Garten osprey nest.
She volunteers her time at various locations in the West Midlands to monitor and ring birds.
Joining the ABS has brought a whole new dimension to her birdwatching in fantastic locations with incredibly knowledgable and friendly people.

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Treasurer – Janet Dixon

Janet Dixon has been Managing Director of a Consultancy firm in the UK for 30 years. Now semi-retired, with time to indulge my passion for the natural world and bird watching in particular.

Membership Secretary – Katrina Jones

I have had a lifelong interest in nature and in particular with our birdlife. I hope to become known to all of our members over the coming years and bring a personal touch to member’s contact with the Society. It is a pleasure to be part of such a dedicated team running the Society and I will further the membership interests at all times.

Junior Membership Secretary – Silvia Meilán

I have been interested in nature for all of my life and walking through my local mountains has been my passion. Birds have always held an interest and as a teacher and native of Spain, I feel I have lots to offer in helping ABS increase interest among young enthusiasts.

Field Trips – Frank Hair

Frank has been watching birds for most of his life, he started when he was 8 years old when he moved from London to south Devon. He has lived in Spain since 2006 and has found some of the best birding sites in his area. His passion for birds is a joy to others at any level of birding.

Conservation Officer – Neil A. Hill

My professional posts have included; Conservation Officer for Greater Manchester and Merseyside, Oxfordshire and Head of Conservation for the New Forest (NCC/English Nature). In addition I have managed landscape scale habitat restoration projects in the South Downs and Noord Brabant in the Netherlands. Following this I was co-managing a €12million Interreg IIIb project – Lifescapes Your Landscape, with partners from the UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. I hope to advance the involvement of ABS in regional conservation.

Webmaster – Pieter Verheij

Pieter is a nature photographer and owner of a nature tour company. Although he enjoys general nature, his great passion is birds and bird photography. Pieter’s passion for birds frequently takes him to exotic places in the world, but he is always the first to admit that Andalucia still holds his interest more than anywhere else in the world. A native of Holland, Pieter is bi-lingual and a great organiser, his attention to detail is what makes him so successful a nature tour operator