SIRS,–I have no desire to prolong a discussion on this subject, b u t I do not like t o see my views misrepresented as they are in your editorial note to my last letter. The ” inconsistency ” with which I am credited is based on the assumption that, while deprecating the constant changes which are being made in Latin names, I am approving changes in English ones. But that is n o t so. I propose no new English names. My critics have failed to note the essential difference between substituting one Latin word for another and spelling an English word properly. How the latter course (for which I have quoted precedents) can ” make ornithology more confusing,” I fail to see. This really is the gist of the matter, and I need say no more. J. E. HASTING. SIBS,–I hold no brief for Mr. Harting, and being no philologist I am content t o leave t h e elucidation of such matters to others, b u t in our arguments let us a t least be logical. You, Sirs, are n o w ‘ ‘ sticklers for priority ” as regards scientific names, b u t y e t when it is proposed to carry out similar ideas for English names you are a t once most strongly against such a proposal. In the case of English names, no confusion from the change can possibly arise, as there is no transference of name from one species to
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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.