MEARBS was killed whilst leading his Company into action on July 30th, 1916. Born in November, 1883, he was the youngest son of Thomas Meares of Clive Hall, Shrewsbury, and was educated at Bilton Grange and Uppingham, where he was top of the school in mathematics. He represented his school at Bisley for several years in the shooting VIII., and on one occasion tied for the coveted Public Schools’ Prize, the ” Spencer Cup,” and lost on the tie being shot off, by one point. He was a chartered accountant by profession, and had practised in the City of London for some years. A keen and most energetic sportsman, from his earliest days he had always been particularly fond of the study of British birds, their habits, nests and eggs. As an indefatigable and observant field ornithologist, he had few equals. He made, together with his brother D. H. Meares, an excellent scientific collection of British birds’ eggs, which contained perfect clutches of eggs, of nearly every British breeding bird, supplemented by profuse and accurate data of their localities, notes and habits. In the course of his rambles he penetrated most of the out-of-the-way haunts of rare birds in the British Islands, including the Orkneys, and during recent years made special studies of such rare birds as the Dotterel, Hobby, Marsh-Warbler, Montagu’s Harrier, Greenshank, Kentish Plover, Quail and Garganey. The only record of the Siskin breeding in Shropshire mentioned in Mr. H. E. Forrest’s ” Fauna of Shropshire “
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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.