W E very gladly support the appeal printed below. Such an organization as the proposed British Trust for Ornithology, which is to form a national centre for ornithological work in the field, is very much required. We feel sure that the project will greatly interest our readers, the large majority of whom, being keen workers in the field, will at once realize the great value of such a centre for consultation, advice or co-operation in their work. We hope that the Trust will be widely supported not only financially, but also by gifts or promises of books, photographs, MS. notes and other material which would be useful for reference now or in the future. We understand that the sum of Xio will qualify the donor for Life Membership, that an annual subscription will be a minimum of ios., though it is hoped that many will subscribe at least a guinea, and that some may be found, even in these difficult days, who will make very generous donations with a view to putting the Trust on a secure foundation. Backed by an institute such as is proposed, British field ornithology, with the many skilled and keen observers that are available, would make a notable advance, and we cannot too strongly urge every reader to get into touch with Mr. Nicholson or Mr. Tucker and assist the scheme in whatever way each can.AN INSTITUTE OF ORNITHOLOGY AT OXFORD. To the Editors of BRITISH BIRDS. SIRS,–During the past few years developments in
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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 £70,000 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.