SIRS,–The Editorial note appended to m y letter in your l a s t issue I am unable to regard either as satisfactory or logical. The very first sentence is open to objection, namely the statement t h a t ‘ ‘ the proper scientific names to be used can be decided b y following definite rules, t h e English names cannot.” W h y not ? We have only to turn to such works as those of Dr. R. G. L a t h a m , the R e v . Isaac Taylor, Professor Skeat and others, to find t h a t there is no lack of rules. Then w h y not apply t h e m ? The Editors remark : ‘ ‘ The English n a m e must, we think, be chosen (if there is a choice) on the authority of the majority of scientific writers.” The ” n a m e ” yes, b u t not necessarily the spelling of it, if it can be shown to be erroneous–which is m y point–as in t h e case of Redpole for Redpoll, Cole-tit for Coal-Tit, Shielddralce for Shelddrake, Shoveller for Shoveler, Widgeon for Wigeon, Buff el-head for Buffle-head, Pomarine for Pomatorhine and others. I n the use of scientific names such corrections of orthography have been frequently proposed and adopted, as, for example, spipoletta for spinoletta, hiaticola for hiaticula, podicipes for podieeps, and so forth. Other emendations mightbe made, as
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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.