Following a short but severe illness, Professor Dr Andreas J. Helbig, the eminent German ornithologist, died on 19th October 2005, at the age of 48. He had become widely recognised as a prolific and hardworking scientist who had made substantial contributions to the literature in the fields of bird migration and molecular phylogeny. Born in Berlin on 28th July 1957, Andreas developed an early interest in birding, bird distribution and bird biology. As a student at the Gymnasium in Enger (near Herford), he published his first papers, on the occurrence of local birds. After leaving college, Andreas studied for a diploma degree in biology at the University of Bielefeld, during which he spent 18 months at San Diego State University, USA. He graduated from the University of Frankfurt with a diploma thesis in 1983, and went on to study the inheritance of migratory orientation in Blackcaps Sylvia atricapilla, under the supervision of Prof. Dr Peter Berthold, at the Vogelwarte Radolfzell. Heanalysis and phylogenetic tree reconstruction. His own studies were focused on warblers, especially of the genera Phylloscopus, Sylvia, Acrocephalus and Hippolais; a significant early discovery was the realisation that sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome-b gene of chiffchaffs inhabiting the Iberian Peninsula differed from those of 98. Andreas Helbig, with his son Adrian, 2005. Common gained his doctorate from the UniChiffchaff Ph. collybita elsewhere in versity of Frankfurt, graduating Europe. This distinction, combined with `summa cum laude’ (`with with vocal differences, established highest honours’) in July 1989, his Iberian Chiffchaff Ph.
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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.