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Papers of David Seel


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Comprises index cards and ringing data on sparrows, and data sheets on corvids.


  • Creation: 1961 - c. 1978


2.62 Linear metres (18 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15662/1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15662/1-18

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15662


Papers of David Seel, (fl. 1960 - late 1980s), ornithologist.

Biographical / Historical

David Seel studied Zoology at Queen Mary College, London, before joining the Edward Grey Institute as a research student in 1960, where he conducted research into the breeding biology and molt of house sparrows and tree sparrows in Wytham Woods, eventually completing his thesis The Breeding Ecology of the House Sparrow (Passer Domesticus).

In 1965 Seel took up the post of demonstrator in Zoology at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, later going on to work in the Zoology Department at the University of Southampton, before moving on to the Bangor Research Station of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, where his principal area of study was on European cuckoos and fluoride concentrations in birds of prey. In the late 1980s he moved to the computing laboratory at the University College of North Wales, which was the last post he held before his death.


Arranged by subject, then by date

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Catalogue of Papers of David Seel
Finding aid prepared by Francesca Alves
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom