CAPTAIN LEONARD GEAY, of the Essex Regiment, who resided at Laurel Bank, Chelmsford, and died at Alexandria on July 31st last whilst on active service, was one of several sons of the late Mr. Charles Harrison Gray, of Goldlay House, Chelmsford, a prominent townsman. From his schoolboy days, Captain Gray had taken a keen interest in ornithology and had been an active collector of birds’ eggs, often visiting Scotland and other districts favourable for collecting. He was not an extensive contributor to ornithological literature, but he sent notes occasionally to British Birds. Thus, in 1908 and 1909, he recorded the nesting of the Lesser Redpoll at Chelmsford (vol. ii., p. 203, and vol. iii., p. 123), and in 1912 he sent a note on the nesting of the Crossbill in Suffolk (vol. iv., p. 14). In private life he practised as a solicitor. Captain Gray bequeathed his collection of eggs and the cabinets containing it to the Corporation Museum at Chelmsford ; but, as it has not yet been received there, no information is available as to its extent and interest. M. C.
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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.