S I R S , — I n reply to Mr. C. B. Ticehurst’s suggestion (p. 72), t h a t the small stomach found inside the ordinary stomach of a Water-Rail was ” simply the mucous membrane of the stomach or gizzard which had become separated from the muscular coats ” — n o ; it was not. I t was a distinct stomach, which must have been attached by a pedicle ; it was of cup-like formation, entirely separate from the walls of the stomach. H a d the microphotograph of a section of the small stomach which I sent been inserted, it would have been seen t h a t all structures found in the walls ot a stomach were present, including muscle.
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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.