T H E death of Mr. E d g a r Chance occurred on 24th October 1955, at his home at Sandhurst, Berkshire, at the age of 74. H e was the third son of Mr. A. M. Chance of Edgbaston, Birmingham, and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. H e will be remembered for his intensive field study of the breeding-habits of the Cuckoo and the well organized experiments he conducted with characteristic energy and enthusiasm. Under his direction photographs and cinefilms were taken which proved that, contrary to the then generally accepted belief, the Cuckoos under observation laid their eggs while sitting on the nests of the fosterers. Mr. Chance wrote two books on his results, The Cuckoo’s Secret (published in 1922) and The Truth about the Cuckoo (1940). H e gave his collection of British-taken birds’ eggs to the nation and the Cuckoos’ eggs, including 87 laid by one Cuckoo in 5 seasons, can be seen in the British Museum (Natural History). G.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.