The following item appeared as part of a larger article, in the RSPB's Bird Notes Magazine, May–June 1965. The article described their 75th Anniversary dinner on 30 March that year.
Before the speeches, Lord Hurcomb  presented the Society's 1964 Gold Medal to Mr. C.A. Norris for his services to bird protection. Mr. Norris, a former President of the British Trust for Ornithology and a former Chairman of the West Midland Bird Club, was a member of the R.S.P.B. Council for six years including four as Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, at a time when the R.S.P.B. was rapidly expanding. "His management of our affairs during that period put the Society very heavily in his debt," said Lord Hurcomb.
Replying, Mr. Norris said he had done what he could to help the Society. Referring to the R.S.P.B.'s work against the use of toxic chemicals, he declared: "We have reached a stage where some of these chemicals have been brought under control. We hope that this control will become absolute in this country and that we shall look forward to a freedom from insecticides which are so lethal. It is terrifying to see their effects and I hope that over the years the Society will continue its battle, which it is fighting with the B.T.O."
[1^] Lord Hurcomb was then President of the RSPB, and of the West Midland Bird Club. He was also Tony Norris' father-in-law.
Ornithology in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & the West Midlands county, since 1929.
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