The Summer Meeting of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (OSME) will be held on Saturday 1 July at BTO Headquarters, Thetford, Norfolk. Doors open 10.00 for coffee, tea and biscuits. Non-members welcome. No attendance charge. Sandwiches and drinks available to purchase. Talks range from ‘A review of illegal bird killing across the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq & Iran’ to ‘Distribution, abundance and conservation of steppe birds in Kazakhstan.’ Join us for dinner again at the Mulberry in Thetford after the meeting, which will finish at 5.15 pm – please let us know if you wish to attend. Contact Irene Sabiniarz at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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British Birds – how it works
BB 2000 Ltd, the company that owns and publishes British Birds, is run by a board of directors, all of whom are volunteers. The company employs two full time staff – Roger Riddington is the journal’s editor while Hazel Jenner manages subscriptions and administration – and three part-time design/editorial staff.
The company is wholly owned by The British Birds Charitable Trust (BBCT, registered charity no. 1089422). Neither the company directors nor the trustees are paid for their services, providing their time and enthusiasm because they passionately believe in the value of BB. The Company is managed with a view to making a small profit which can be donated to the Trust to help fund its charitable work.
Over the past six years, this, combined with donations from other sources, has enabled the Trust to give almost £40,000 support to a variety of conservation and educational projects ranging from rat eradication on seabird islands to the study of cuckoo migration, as well as assisting young birders develop their interest.
A full list of projects is given here. The Trust is seeking to expand its charitable endeavours and would welcome donations from like-minded organisations and individuals.