exactly fifty-one years ago, the recollection of my first sight of Selous remains as fresh and as striking as though of yesterday. I t was at Rugby, in January 1866–a big boy, looking twice as big as his fellow-boys, with a big round face, already slightly hirsute. And Selous was big, even then; big not only in physique but in mentality, energy and strength of individual character. It was not long before everyone in the kosmos which a great Public School represents–from Headmaster down to tiniest imps in ” Lower School”– recognised that something exceptional, something phenomenal, had appeared on our stage. Soon rumours of Selous’s daring exploits awed the boldest–the classic feats of Tom Brown and ” Scud E a s t ” by comparison seemed child’s play. It would be strictly inaccurate to regard these wild ventures as breaches of school rules ; since no rules that ever were framed quite contemplated the contingency of such heroic deeds. Long years later I was present at an Old Rugbeian dinner in London, when the honoured guests of the evening were our former Headmaster, Dr. Temple (then, I think, Bishop of London) and Selous. In his speech, the latter referred to one of his raids on the heronry at Combe Abbey –a place which, if I remember aright, was quite ten or a dozen miles distant from Rugby and therefore quite outside all conceivable schoolboy range. Then he told how, on the way home (his pockets bulging with Herons’
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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.