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Robert `Rob` Hume is an Englishmarker ornithologist, author and journalist specialising in avian and natural history subjects. From Spring 1989 (vol. 12 no. 5), until Summer 2009 (vol. 22 no. 6), he was editor of the RSPB's Birds magazine, having previously edited the young people's version, Bird Life, and been librarian at the RSPB's headquarters, The Lodgemarker.

Hume did his early birdwatching at Chasewatermarker, Staffordshire, and was a member of the West Midland Bird Club. He spent several years studying at Swansea Universitymarker, during which time he birdwatched regularly at Blackpillmarker and on the Gower Peninsulamarker.

He is a past member (and the fifth chairman) of the British Birds Rarities Committee; and a past member of the editorial board of British Birds magazine, but resigned both posts in 1997.

His autobiography, Life With Birds, was published in September 2005.


  • A Birdwatcher's Miscellany, Blandford Press, 1984 ISBN 0-7137-1385-2
  • A Year of Bird Life, RSPB, 1985 ISBN 0903138190
  • Birds of Britain, AA Publishing, 1988 ISBN 0751312347
  • Birds by Character - Britain & Europe: A Fieldguide to Jizz, Macmillan, 1990 ISBN 0333490533
  • Owls of the World Dragon's World, 1991 ISBN 1855853523
  • Focus on Birdwatching Heinemann, 1992 ISBN 0600573664
  • Discovering Birds, A & C Black, 1993 ISBN 0903138530
  • The Common Tern, Hamlyn, 1993 ISBN 0540012661
  • Seabirds (Hamlyn Bird Behaviour Guides) Hamlyn, 1993 (with illustrations by Bruce Pearson) ISBN 0-600-57951-4
  • Collins Gem Photoguide Birdwatching, Collins, 1995, ISBN 0004707567
  • The Shell Easy Bird Guide, (illustrated by Peter Hayman) Macmillan 1997, ISBN 033365420X
    • 2002 edition ISBN 0-333-65420-X
  • The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds, T & A D Poyser, 1997 ISBN 0-85661-091-7 (contributor)
  • Birds: An Artist's View, Courage Books, 1998, ISBN 978-0762403769
  • Macmillan Bird Guide, Macmillan, 1998 ISBN 0333766695
  • RSPB Birds of Britain and Europe, Dorling Kindersley, 2002 ISBN 1405307536
  • RSPB Complete Birds of Britain and Europe, Dorling Kindersley, 2002, ISBN 0-7513-7354-0
    • RSPB Complete Birds of Britain and Europe (revised and updated), Dorling Kindersley, 2007, ISBN 9781405322287 (includes CD of birdsong)
  • RSPB Birdwatching, Dorling Kindersley, 2003, ISBN 978-1405313520
  • English Birds and Green Places: Selected Writings: A Selection from the Writings of W.H. Hudson (Introduction), Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004, ISBN 0-575-07207-5
  • Rob Hume, Guilhem Lesaffre and Marc Duquet, 2004, , Larousse ISBN 2-03-560311-0
  • Life With Birds (autobiography), David & Charles, 2005, ISBN 0-7153-2181-1


  1. A history of British Birds, Malcolm Ogilvie, James Ferguson-Lees and Richard Chandler, British Birds 100 (2007) 3-15

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