The appeal issued by the provisional Council last summer has brought in so far a total in subscriptions and promises of £1,100 spread over five years, and a capital sum of £1,400 received through the generosity of Mr. H. F . Witherby, Vice-Chairman of the Trust Council. The raising of funds is being energetically pursued, and further amounts are in view. 2. This total has been raised, with the exception named, in small sums, and the response from ornithologists and naturalists has been widespread. At the same time the Trust has so far fallen short of raising the amount originally asked for. After careful consideration the provisional Council have decided that they will best interpret the wishes of their supporters by proceeding immediately with a comprehensive, but economical, programme which will demonstrate the possibilities of organized effort, and lay the foundations for more ambitious work as soon as funds will permit. 3. The main subject chosen for immediate investigation is the status of the Woodcock in the British Isles, particularly its breeding distribution at the present time and in the past, its distribution at other seasons, its fluctuations in numbers, and its migrations or movements. A schedule is issued with this number. It is proposed to carry out the first stage of the inquiry in 1934, and to complete it, by a renewed campaign, in 1935. All correspondence on this subject should be addressed to W. B. Alexander, M.A., University Museum, Oxford, from whom further copies of the schedule
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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.