It was reported that Lord Lucas was missing after making a flight over the German lines on November 4th, 1910, and subsequently his death was announced. Lord Lucas, the son of the late Hon. Auberon Herbert, was born in 1876, and succeeded to the baronies of Lucas and Dingwall on the death of his uncle, the last Earl Cowper, in 1905. Lord Lucas rowed in the Oxford boat in 1898 and 1899. During the Boer War when acting as correspondent of The Times, he was wounded and his leg had to be amputated below the knee. But this handicap had an extraordinary small outward effect on his activity, even in cross-country walking. After holding several Under-Secretaryships, Lord Lucas was appointed President of the Board of Agriculture in 1914, but on the formation of the Coalition in May, 1915, he resigned and joined the Royal Flying Corps. His courage and temperament eminently fitted him for flying, and although many years over the standard age for this arm he soon became a skilful pilot. Lord Lucas was an ardent lover of Nature, and especially of birds, and was elected a member of the British Ornithologists’ Union in 1902. I t may be mentioned that he took a considerable interest in our Marking Scheme, and only the other day we had news of an interesting record of the recovery of a Lapwing ringed by him some four years ago. RICHARD JAMES BALSTON. We much regret to announce the death of Mr. R.
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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.