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Papers of Bruce Campbell

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MS. 14943

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  1. Extracts from the 'Survey of the Combined Ecclesiastical Parishes of Llandegfedd and Llanddewi Fach in the County of Monmouth', typescript, 1943
  2. 'Plan for census of the crow family in a South Wales area, Apr and May 1944', typescript, 2 leaves, Apr 1944
  3. 'Report on attempted Census of the Crow family (Corvidae) in an Industrial Area of South Wales, March-May 1944', typescript, 7 leaves, Nov 1944
  4. 'Searches for ringed pied flycatchers', typescript, 4 leaves, Jun 1953
  5. 'The mute swan census in England and Wales 1955-1956. A publication of the British Trust for Ornithology', 37 leaves, c.1960


  • Creation: 1943-c.1960


1 folder

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 14943

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CMD ID 14943


Papers of Bruce Campbell.

Biographical / Historical

Campbell was born in Southsea, Hampshire on 15 June 1912.

As a young boy, he was influenced by his father, an army officer, birds-nester and egg-collector, who later became the British Army's Inspector of Physical Training. After education at Winchester College, he studied at the University of Edinburgh, obtaining a BSc in forestry. He later gained a doctorate in comparative bird studies, so becoming one of the first field naturalists to also be a trained scientist. In 1938, he married Margaret Gibson-Hill, herself a writer, with whom he had two sons and one daughter.

From 1936 to 1948, he was a teacher and university lecturer. After World War II, he brought the work of sound recordist Ludwig Koch to the attention of the BTO. In 1948, Campbell was appointed the first full-time secretary of the BTO, a post he held until 1959.

He served on the panel of the Wildlife Collection with Julian Huxley, and was active in the British Ornithologists' Union, the British Ecological Society, and conservation bodies. He conducted a pioneering study of the pied flycatcher at the Nagshead woodland reserve, Gloucestershire. He made radio and television broadcasts relating to natural history for the BBC during the 1950s.

In April 1959, despite his having had no previous experience as a producer, he was appointed senior producer at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, a position he held until 1962. He died on 9 January 1993 in Witney, Oxfordshire.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Papers of Bruce Campbell
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