T H E ranks of British ornithologists have been further thinned by the death of Charles Stonham, which took place a t his residence, 4, Harley Street, W., on January 31st last. Charles Stonham was the eldest surviving son of T. G. Stonham, of Maidstone, and came of a family long connected with t h a t town. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury, and electing t o follow the medical profession, entered University College as a student and became F.R.C.S. in 1884. In 1887 he was appointed surgeon to the Westminster Hospital, and in 1899 became senior surgeon of t h a t institution, which appointment he held till his death. Of his professional ability it is here sufficient to say that he was one of the most brilliant operators of his day and a surgeon of high and wellmerited reputation. In 1882 Stonham had been attached to the staff of Cetewayo, the deposed King of Zululand, on his voyage from South Africa to this country, and he was again destined to visit that continent. In 1895 he had joined the Middlesex Yeomanry as medical officer, and when during the South African War the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital was embodied, Stonham was appointed to command it and received the C.M.G. and an honorary majority for his services in the campaign. Some years later, on the introduction of the Territorial system, he was commissioned to raise a mounted field ambulance, which was in due course attached to the
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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.