Betlmne Moffat, to the great regret of his many friends, died on October 14th, 1945. He was born in the Isle of Man on January16th, 1859, being the eldest of the seven children of the late James and Annie Moffat. When Charles was about a year and a half old, his parents came to Ireland and settled at Ballyhyland, Co. Wexford. It was at Ballyhyland that the young Charles began his study of Natural History, and it was there that in his mature years he made most of those careful and detailed field observations which formed the basis of much in his writings and lectures. As a boy he was at school for a few years in the Isle of Man, but he finished his secondary education at a private school in Co. Wexford. In the year 1875 he entered Trinity College, Dublin, where he had a very distinguished career, securing First Rank Honours in Logic, Metaphysics and Ethics. In 1879 he obtained Senior Moderatorship in Mental and Moral Philosophy, was awarded a Gold Medal, and had his B.Ã„. Degree conferred on December 17th. Deciding tö follow Law as his profession, he entered at King’s Inns and was called to the Bar in 1881. But when he had taken only one Brief he was diverted from Law to Journalisrn. He was for many years attached to the (Dublin) Daily Express as a leader writer on Politics, Literature and Natural History. With such a background, we can readily understand how Moffat
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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 £70,000 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.