I first met Professor Dr E. E. (Eugeny) Syroechkovski, Sr. ten years ago, when I joined the Russian Arctic expeditions, organised and led by his son E. E. Syroechkovski, Jr. Since then, I have visited the Russian Arctic almost every summer and become a friend of the family. On many occasions, either before or after the expedition, I have stayed in their flat in central Moscow on the Zubovski Bulvar, an impressive 12-lane road, and impossible to cross on foot. The contrast with Russia’s vast wilderness areas, the conservation of which was Eugeny’s prime field of expertise, could not be more striking. His flat, located on the upper floor, contained four rooms, all filled with literally thousands of books, housed mostly in large glassfronted wooden bookcases. Every possible space was filled with books and reports, increasingly reaching the interior of each room in large piles, including many documents in different languages. The books were surrounded by a few stuffed birds, including the much-envied Baikal Teal Anas formosa, and the AdÃ¨lie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae he brought back from Antarctica in the 1950s, when he worked at Haswell Island near the Soviet station Mirny. But he always found a place for me to stay. With my limited understanding of Russian, it was difficult to hold a serious conversation with Eugeny, who could not speak English, but his wife, Helena Rogacheva, and his son are both fluent in English, so we communicated mainly through them. Eugeny E. Syroechkovski was born on 23rd June
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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.