Yeates MA FRPS (1910-1995) The telephone rang. ‘Have you got a dinner jacket?’ It was our local RSPB rep. and Hon. Secretary of the Harrogate & District Naturalists’ Society, who was organising our first joint film show in the town way back in 1968. Why the question? The famous G. K. Yeates was to introduce the films, and, if I also was to appear on stage, I had better be properly dressed. This was the first of my many such annual meetings with this almost legendary photographer, writer and lecturer. I felt that I knew him well, having read, and reread, his Bird Haunts in Northern Britain (1948), companion to his earlier Bird Haunts in Southern Britain (1947). These and three other titles, concentrating on visits he had made to Spain, France and Iceland, inspired a whole generation of would-be naturalists to do more than simply list what they saw. George, through his words and wonderful photographs, invited us to explore wilderness with him. The art of just sitting and waiting for things to happen, lost to many today, was central to the wildlife photographer’s art in those days long gone. Having given up birdphotography in the mid 1960s, George then devoted most of his spare time to his other great love, fishing, and to growing alpines, and increasingly he withdrew from front-line ornithology. Dr Kevin Carlson, a great friend over many years, recalls that George used a Gandolfi mahogany-and-brass camera with a Cook Aviar lens and wooden Ashworth
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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 £40,000 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.