EDITORIAL, AT the beginning of a new volume I take the opportunity of making some announcements with regards to the conduct of this journal. It was always Mr. Witherby’s practice, and especially so since the death of the Rev. F. C. R. Jourdain, to consult ornithologists with special knowledge in particular fields whenever this seemed desirable in connexion with British Birds. I now propose to bring such kind helpers into a slightly more ” official ” relationship with the magazine by forming a panel of honorary consultants whose names will be announced from time to time. For the present this will consist of the following :–Messrs. H. G. Alexander, W. B. Alexander, Miss E. V. Baxter, the Hon. G. L. Charteris, Mr. R. Chislett, Sir Hugh Gladstone, Messrs. G. R. Humphreys, G. C. S. Ingram, N. B. Kinnear, Lt.-Col. R. F. Meiklejohn, Miss L. J. Rintoul, Mr. B. B. Riviere, Lt.-Col. B. H. Ryves, Mr. H. N. Southern, and Dr. A. Landsborough Thomson. Though it will be understood that this arrangement is only giving a rather more formal status to what has in fact long been done, I am sure that our readers will welcome the more definite association of these well-known workers with the magazine. Ornithologists directly engaged on war service have been intentionally omitted for the time being, but it is hoped to add other names after the conclusion of the war with Germany. The arrangement by which the present volume will run until December, 1945, so that
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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.